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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
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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
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curacaoman

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

Penny
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Penny

I agree – and their storylines did wrap up…

Lia
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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
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Marq

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

Dianne
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Dianne

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

SZima
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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
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Rebecca1

It actually had over six million viewers

Karen Kelly McEachern
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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
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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… Read more »

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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.

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N

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

William
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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
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Daisy Day

Nooooo! Luke is one of my favorite characters.

fginaspy
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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
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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.
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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
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Steve

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

Steve
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Steve

Brain fart.. Confused the two characters.

Kris
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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
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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
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Jules

Will Chase will be sadly missed. His singing and character

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Ex-Nashville and GL’s Hayden Panettiere’s Boyfriend Arrested After Allegedly Punching Her

More upsetting news involving former ABC and CMT’s Nashville star (Ex-Juliette Barnes), Hayden Panettiere.  According to various reports, the actress was punched by her boyfriend Brian Hickerson with a closed fist in an incident that occurred in Wyoming, over the Valentine’s Day weekend.  He was arrested around 2:30am on February 14th.

According to TMZ: the police report said that Hayden revealed that she and Brian were in their bedroom when he started throwing her around and punched her.  The Teton County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a disturbance at a private residence. That caller said an intoxicated male was locked out of the home because he punched his girlfriend in the face.

Pantierre’s face was red and swollen, and she also had a scrape and swelling on her left hand; which she believed came from Hickerson’s watch during the altercation.  Deputies then decided to book Hickerson for domestic battery. He was also hit with a second charge of interfering with a police officer for allegedly refusing to identify himself.

Things looked like they had taken a turn for the better before the incident, noting that the couple moved past another altercation previously from 2019.  That case was dismissed, although he has left red marks on Pantierre’s body, because they could not find a “material witness”.

Hayden and Brian have been dating since 2018.  Daytime fans remember first seeing Hayden as a young Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light.  She played Juliette on Nashville from 2012-2018.

So what do you think about the latest incident involving Hayden? Comment below.

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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.”

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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