Bowen recalls classic TV comedy that was appointment viewing for future actress and her grandmother.
In five seasons on the musical drama Nashville, Australian-born singer-actress Clare Bowen has forged friendships with a cast and crew that have become like a second family. Bowen – who recently debuted the video for “Love Steps In,” a powerful tribute to her brother Timothy’s cancer battle – celebrates family and friendship of another kind with a joyous acoustic rendition of “Thank You for Being a Friend,” the theme song of the long-running hit NBC comedy The Golden Girls.
To celebrate The Golden Girls’ streaming debut on Hulu, Bowen, dressed in gold (with makeup to match) and accompanied by her fiancé Brandon Robert Young on acoustic guitar, offers a sweet, lively version of the song, which was penned by the late Andrew Gold, who scored a Top 30 pop hit with it in 1978. Seven years later, as performed by jingle singer Cindy Fee, the theme song opened the series that would span 180 episodes, winning 11 Emmy awards in its run from 1985 to 1992. All four stars of the show, Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan and Betty White, earned Emmys for their roles. Bowen’s special memories of the series – and the song – are associated with one family member in particular.
“My Grandma Shirley and I used to rug up on the couch and watch together after dinner, laughing ourselves silly,” Bowen tells Rolling Stone Country. “The Golden Girls is such a special concept. These amazing women are telling stories about the life no one gets warned about – the life that happens after spouses and children and jobs and ‘ladylike’ has gone out the window. All I have to do is think about that iconic opening song, and I’m back on the couch with my beautiful grandmother.”
All seven seasons of The Golden Girls are available on Hulu beginning today. New episodes of Nashville air Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET on CMT, and are available on Hulu the following day.
Michael Franti, Rooney, Clare Bowen, Josh Kelley and Andy Shauf are among the performers who will take the stage at the ASCAP Music Café during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. In its 19th year, the Music Café features singer/songwriters performing daily from Jan. 20-27 courtesy of the leading performing rights and music advocacy organization.
The Sundance ASCAP Music Café, located in the Rich Haines Gallery on Main Street in Park City, Utah, will be open to all festival credential holders (21+), with performances beginning at 2 p.m. daily. Also performing during the event will be Peter Bradley Adams, Wilder Adkins, The Album Leaf, Zac Clark, Lee DeWyze, Fantastic Negrito, Brent Falyaz, Jim and Sam, Niia, SadGirl, R.LUM.R, Jack Savoretti, Antonique Smith, Southern Avenue, Nakhane Touré, Ernst Reijseger and Marion Williams.
This year will also mark the return of the Bluebird Café Series on Jan. 25-26, which will include award-winning songwriters JT Harding (Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney), Rivers Rutherford (Chesney, Tim McGraw) and on-the-rise singer Brett Young.
”For 19 years, ASCAP and Sundance Institute have shared a unique,enduring vision dedicated to the discovery, development and support of great art and the artists who create it,” said ASCAP Assistant Vice President and Sundance ASCAP Music Café producer Loretta Muñoz in a statement. “The Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe honors that vision by highlighting some of our incredibly talented ASCAP members while celebrating music’s essential role in the art of filmmaking. The Music Café continues to be a highlight of our year. We welcome Sundance Film Festival filmmakers and festival-goers to stop by, experience and discover.”
I’ve added missing screencaps from the last 3 episodes of Nashville. I apologize for the delay. Enjoy.
Clare made an appearance at the 2017 Winter TCA Tour – Hulu TCA Winter Press Tour Day a couple days ago. I have added photos of her from the red carpet as well as photos from her performance panel and portraits! She performed with fiancee Brandon and she looked just beautiful and together as a couple they just looked so loving. Big thanks to my friends AliKat and Kaci so a big chunk of these. Enjoy Nashies.
Debuts Immediately Following The Two-Hour Premiere of “Nashville” on Thursday, January 5 at 11pm ET on CMT’s Facebook Page With Chris Carmack As First Guest
Nashville, January 4, 2017 – CMT today announced “NASHCHAT” the first-ever social interactive fan hangout and conversation companion to the hit series “Nashville,” across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat including a Facebook Live chat that will debut immediately following the two-hour premiere of “Nashville” with star Chris Carmack (Will Lexington) set as the first guest on January 5 at 11pm ET on CMT’s Facebook page. “Nashville” is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment.
“Fans saved ‘Nashville.’ Now we’re inviting fans into our living room to celebrate the characters, stories and music they love,” said Brian Philips, President of CMT. “With ‘NASHCHAT’, we’ll create a home across all social media culminating with a Facebook Live interactive recap and fan chat immediately following new episodes.”
Hosted by “Nashville” superfan and radio personality, Amy Brown (@RadioAmy) each episode of “NASHCHAT,” coming live from a living room in Nashville, features cast and crew interviews, original music, “Nashville” insiders and of course the fans recapping each new episode just after the show ends.
Between episodes, CMT will continue the conversation across all social media. CMT Instagram and Instagram Live will host “NASHCHAT” behind the scenes, CMT Snapchat will feature “Nashville” cast content, fan community content, games and contests. CMT Twitter will drive the daily conversation with the fans including unveiling new memes and clips, as well as quizzes, photos, recaps and episodic promos.
“Nashville” is set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Both women face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them and often complicating their lives are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Music City can mean so many things to different people. In “Nashville,” musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and are doing everything in their power to stay on top.
“Nashville” stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad. In addition, the upcoming season will feature Joseph David-Jones as Clay, Rhiannon Giddens as Hallie Jordan, Jen Richards as Allyson Del Lago, and Cameron Scoggins as Zach Welles in recurring roles.
Produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment, production is currently underway in Nashville. The series is executive produced by Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick (the creators of “Thirtysomething”), Steve Buchanan and Callie Khouri.
The series airs in 225 territories worldwide. Since its debut, the show has inspired 10 soundtracks, including a Christmas album, which have collectively sold more than one million album units and over 5 million single-track downloads to date. It has also been nominated for multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards.
I’ve added a ton of missing photos to the gallery of Clare from the new season of Nashville. I’ve also added screencaps from her appearance on the Today Show. Enjoy!
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On a segment of Wednesday morning’s (Dec. 7) Today show, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb packed up their interview cards (and their wine glasses) and hightailed it down south to shadow our Nashville cast as they shot an episode for the upcoming fifth season.
The charming co-hosts started their day with another unstoppable duo, Lennon & Maisy, the real-life sisters who play Maddie and Daphne Conrad on the series.
The group met on the set of the Bluebird Café, where they convinced the sisters to play a little something in honor of the location. Lennon & Maisy threw it back to Nashville‘s first season by covering The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey,” a Conrad sisters classic.
Making their way around the gorgeous Nashville sets, Kathie Lee and Hoda met up with the show’s leading man Charles Esten, who plays Rayna Jaymes’ husband Deacon Claybourne. Dishing on his on-screen wife, Esten told the pair that he was a fan of Britton before he ever met her.
The Office vet also pointed out that while his character Deacon is fairly reserved, when you “put him behind a guitar he will tell you anything.”
The co-anchors then moved into Rayna’s living room for a sit-down with the other half of “Deyna,” Britton. Unlike many of her cast mates, singing was not at the top of the Friday Night Lights alum’s resume, but she loves a challenge. And I think we can all agree, she crushes it!
The hilarious duo ended their rounds on the set of Scarlett and Gunnar’s old house with Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio, whose characters make up the band called The Exes on the show. The group talked strategy for the scene they were filming later that day, where the band would make an appearance on Today.
“By the 20th take, Scarlett won’t seem so weird,” Bowen jokingly promised.
Keep an eye out for Gifford and Kotb’s cameo on the new season of Nashville, which premieres on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Get all of the latest Nashville news, videos and behind-the-scenes action on the Nashville Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation using #NashvilleCMT.
Clare and Brandon were in attendance along with her brother Tim (who is looking so well, thank goodness!) this weekend to a Frye Store Opening. Check out photos of the event below. Big thanks to my friend Angela for some of these.