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Will Chase & Aubrey Peeples Won't Be Part Of CMT's Nashville Season 5 Cast!

Photo: ABC/Getty

Photo: ABC/Getty

Two series regulars from Nashville will no longer be part of the cast now that the music city soap opera has moved to its new home CMT.

According to TV Line, Will Chase (Luke) and Aubrey Peeples (Layla) are out.  But much about their exits makes complete story sense.

Chase’s Luke has not been driving story since he was the man that Rayna (Connie Britton) was going to tie-the-knot with.  And as for Peeples, in the final moments of the ABC cliffhanger for Nashville season 4, Layla’s duplicitious plans game to light to avenge the death of Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson) and destroy Juliette’s (Hayden Panettiere) relationship with Avery (Jonathan Jackson).  Only, it backfired on her!

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Since Nashville has new showrunners, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, other changes could be made.  No word yet on if CMT has signed on the entire main cast to deals for season five, but talks are on-going.

As for Chase and Aubrey Peeples, word is they could return to the series on a guest star basis, pending availability.

Share your thoughts on a Nashville-less Chase and Peeples in the comment section below!

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rebecca1
rebecca1

Disappointed. Loved both those characters and I think they each have interesting stories to expand, continue… Not happy and dreading who else they’ll cut.

curacaoman
curacaoman

Whatever they need to do to survive is welcome with me.

Penny
Penny

I agree – and their storylines did wrap up…

Lia
Lia

Sorry to see Will go. I think that’s a mistake because they can always reunite Luke and Rayna. Especially since Deacon is so violent. I don’t think he and Rayna are going to last long anyway.

Marq
Marq

Very disappointed. about Chase he was one of the most talented members of the cast. Won’t miss Peeples at all.

Dianne
Dianne

DON’T THINK THE SHOW WILL HAVE THE AUDIENCE IT HAD ON ABC!!!!

SZima
SZima

Must not have had that much of an audience if the show was canceled!
It has a better chance of surviving on CMT because the “numbers game” isn’t as cutthroat.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

It actually had over six million viewers

Karen Kelly McEachern
Karen Kelly McEachern

I loved the character of Luke and thought more should have been made of him. Layla was too wimpy and weak.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I agree with you, Karen. I came to like the post-Rayna Will but I am not sure in the crowded cast there was a place for him. I liked Will though. Had hoped Layla would have come into her own after Jeff’s death. Without Juliette front and center in season 4, I thought Layla would step up as a larger-than-life bad girl. They kept her in the shadows. Mr. Chase and Ms. Peeples are great talents and I will miss their music.

Am hoping we will have a frenemy relationship and more scenes with Rayna and Juliette together. They may not like each other but they have to co-exist, much like Viki and Dorian on OLTL! I think the new showrunners will focus on the core family so Rayna and Deacon should be solid. I want to see more businesswoman Rayna. She seemed too sad all last season.

N
N

i am thrilled cmt picked up Nashville it is a GREAT series however the last few episodes have been so depressing i am hoping the new writers will find a different direction…some drama is expected and good but lets not depress us totally.

N
N

and i forgot to say that luke should stay but layla is a hot mess

William
William

Love these two characters. Hate to see them go. Maybe they should create a spin-off series with these two as the main stars. Nashville has and will continue to be great!

Daisy Day
Daisy Day

Nooooo! Luke is one of my favorite characters.

fginaspy
fginaspy

I did like Luke. As a conflict character Layla worked for me. However, the finale kind of indicated their exits. Luke was thinking of reconciling with his ex wife and Layla was left in the dust after trying and failed to destroy Juliette in Avery’s eyes. It was a dwindling audience why ABC canceled the show. I think with the right advertising for CMT and Hulu viewers will find season 5 to watch. I know I will be watching on Hulu.

AJ
AJ

Not surprising at all. And of all the characters, these 2 have the least impact. Very large cast, so cuts had to be made especially moving to cable where budget is likely tighter. As for Dianne’s comment – of course it won’t have the audience it had on ABC. It’s moving to cable! That’s a silly comment.

Tim S.
Tim S.

hmmm well these two can sing!! Not a fan of the two lead actresses on the show.. They are good actresses but I fast forward through all of their songs.. Lets limit their singing on the show and keep them in the drama….

Steve
Steve

The LGBTQ executive producer goes and so does the LGBTQ character and storyline….

Steve
Steve

Brain fart.. Confused the two characters.

Kris
Kris

Aubrey Peeples has a great voice! Saw her in concert with Chip Esten last summer. Too bad Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson) was killed off as I loved him and Layla together. Didn’t like his character at first, but when they paired the two of them up, it worked. I hope Aubrey Peeples goes on in the entertainment industry as she is a great singer and great actress. Obviously she played her part well if people don’t like her….she was to be the “bad guy.”

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

It had a huge audience on ABC and it will be less cost to produce on CMT and since they don’t rely on advertisers they don’t concern themselves with age demographics They’re still getting large contributions from the city Nashville and they’re hoping to add to the audience with their built in country viewers…

Jules
Jules

Will Chase will be sadly missed. His singing and character

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WATCH: Jonathan Jackson + Enation’s New Music Video “The Days Are Evil”

Five-time Daytime Emmy winner from General Hospital, and former Nashville star, Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky, Ex-Avery) has released a new music video for the new single “The Days Are Evil” along with his band Enation.

The music video features shots of Jackson in a very dark incarnation, and the track will also appear on Jackson + Enation’s upcoming album due out later this fall, Ultraviolet Empire.

Jonathan says of the new album: “Our new album, Ultraviolet Empire, is a throwback record. It’s a record we played together live in the studio. Most of the songs are one take -just letting the band play.  It was amazing playing with our co-producer Colin Linden and capturing something so raw and visceral.”

This will be the band’s follow-up to their 2017 album  Anthems for the Apocalypse and their successful 2018 tour in Europe opening for Echo & The Bunnymen,

Check out the music video featuring Jonathan released this week below.

Then, let us know, should Lucky return to Port Charles for the Nurses’ Ball with his band and play a tune off the new album next spring? Will Jonathan come home to GH for a guest appearance? Will you be checking out the new music from him in the coming months? Comment below.

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RENEWALS: How to Get Away with Murder, Grey’s Anatomy CANCELLATIONS: Life In Pieces, Star

The last 36 hours have seen some of your favorite primetime dramas renewed and others canceled; several of which feature former or current soap stars.  ABC has renewed for its upcoming sixth season How to Get Away with Murder.  During its fifth season, the series ranked as the No. 1 program in Thursday’s 10 PM slot in key demos: Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34.

How To Get Away With Murder stars Viola Davis as Annalise Keating, a law professor at a prestigious Philadelphia university who, with five of her students, becomes entwined in a murder plot.  The ensemble cast includes: Rome Flynn (Ex-Zende of The Bold and the Beautiful) who plays the key role of Gabriel Maddox.

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Also on ABC, Grey’s Anatomy received a two-year renewal for seasons 16 and 17.  For season 16, former Nashville star Chris Carmack (Ex-Will) has been upped to series regular in his role of “Link”.

 

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However, the ensemble CBS comedy Life in Pieces which features Y&R’s Hunter King (Summer) as Clementine was canceled, and will not return after its current fourth season which is currently airing its fifth episode out of thirteen.

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Upon learning of the cancellation, King took to her Instagram and shared: “Thank you for bringing me into the Life In Pieces family and for making it such a fun four years. I have so much love and respect for everyone who was involved in this show. Thank you to the amazing cast and crew, and thank you to our amazing leaders Justin Adler, @kaplanaaron , and Jeff Morton . I am forever grateful.”

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Finally, Lee Daniels series on Fox, Star, which has been a companion to his hit sudsy Empire, was also canceled after its 3rd season.  Star followed three talented singers – running from their pasts and desperate for a new start – with ambitions of stardom, as they navigate the cutthroat music business.  It has been reported by various outlets that the showrunners will be looking for another home for the series to try to continue it on.

So, happy to learn about HWTGM and ‘Grey’s’ being renewed? What do you think of the cancellations of Life in Pieces and Star? Let us know via the comment section below.

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NASHVILLE To Become Broadway Musical

Looks like the Music City drama, Nashville, originally on ABC and then on CMT, has more than nine lives! Now the popular soap is headed to the stage and Broadway after six seasons on the small screen.

The show is set to have a musical adaptation with 10-time Tony Award winner Scott Delman (American IdiotRagtimeBook of MormonHello, Dolly!Fun HomeMean Girls) in charge.  In addition, Delman will serve as lead producer of the show and he has acquired the live theatrical rights from Lionsgate and ABC Studios.

Nashville, with its complex, relatable characters and sweeping emotional gestures, has all of the narrative elements that I look for in great theatrical source material,” Delman said in a statement. “From that rich DNA, we will be building an original story with entirely original music, written by major Nashville and Broadway songwriters.  We are particularly excited to deliver Broadway’s first score of true contemporary country music — a genre that has exploded with mainstream audiences in recent years. Lionsgate has a treasure-trove of sterling IP, and I’m honored to be a part of this new phase of their live entertainment division.”

Additional information on the upcoming musical, including production dates and a creative team, is expected to be announced shortly.  Now the question becomes; will some of its beloved series stars be in the Broadway rendition of the series?

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Nashville actor Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott) shared the news on Twitter.

So, excited to hear the news of a Broadway musical of Nashville? Would you like to see Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Hayden Panetierre and others hit the stage in the roles they originated? Comment below.

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