Nashville isn’t going anywhere.
CMT has renewed the country music drama for a 16-episode sixth season debuting in early 2018, ET has learned.
“Nashville is our biggest hit and we’re thrilled its fans have now become consistent CMT viewers,” said Brian Philips, President of CMT. “As fans ourselves, we couldn’t be happier with our hometown show’s creative resurgence! We can’t wait for you to see what comes next.”
As a treat to the fans, CMT released a new teaser video highlighting what’s to come in the second half of the current fifth season. In the midseason finale, Maddie (Lennon Maisy) went off to New York to kick-start her singing career and Scarlett (Clare Bowen) revealed that she was pregnant.
Showrunner and executive producer Marshall Herskovitz gave a preview of where the characters are headed in the summer premiere, which picks up 10 weeks later. When the show returns, Deacon (Esten) helps Daphne (Stella Maisy), but Daphne feels unmotivated, while Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) offers Maddie unsolicited advice about a song. Meanwhile, Scarlett and Gunnar (Sam Palladio) receives news about the baby.
“What we’re promising, really, is this continuing process of deepening the relationships of these characters and following through them figuring out who they are in their lives, trying to make their way and getting into the real conflicts that happen. That’s going to be both wonderful and difficult,” Herskovitz teased.
“There is most definitely life after Rayna and yet we never forget her,” he continued, referencing the death of Connie Britton’s character. “She’s sort of a presence in each of the episodes because that’s what happens in life.”
Nashville will also welcome another addition to the cast — and he’ll likely be stirring up trouble.
Big Little Lies star Jeff Nordling has joined the ensemble as Brad Maitland, an “extremely successful, charming, egotistical, narcissistic owner” of Nashville’s most successful record label. Nordling joins Rachel Bilson and Kaitlin Doubleday as the newest members of the Nashville family.
Nashville returns for the second half of season five on Thursday, June 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.
New Material From Esten and Bowen on the Way
Wednesday’s (July 13) Skyville Live salute to Music City featured dynamic performances by Chris Carmack, Mark Collie, Lennon & Maisy, J.D. Souther and Pam Tillis plus new music announcements from Clare Bowen and Charles Esten.
Backed by an all-star band that included Canadian bluesman Colin Linden, each act onstage entertained with two songs and shared special music memories that will forever tie them to Music City, U.S.A.
Esten and Collie kicked off the night with their duet “Spin the Wheel.” Then Esten delivered the live performance premiere of his new single “Through the Blue,” a song he wrote with Kendell Marvel and Tim James as a reminder that life’s dark times never hang around long. Starting Friday (July 15) with “Through the Blue,” Esten revealed he will release a new single every Friday via iTunes in a new initiative called #EverySingleFriday. The new songs are from a catalog of material he’s written since joining Nashville four seasons ago.
Next, Bowen revealed she’s been splitting time between the road and the studio and has a full length album in the works. Going barefoot and dressed like an angel in a white tea length dress, she performed her love song “I’m Still Here,” which was inspired by her fiancé Brandon Young. Bowen co-wrote the song with John Paul White, who co-wrote one of Nashville’s earlier hits “If I Didn’t Know Better.”
Souther dedicated his portion of the show to Linda Ronstadt with “Faithless Love” and the late Glenn Frey with the Eagles classic “Heartache Tonight.” Ronstadt originally recorded “Faithless Love” for her 1974 album Heart Like a Wheel (Glen Campbell also recorded a version for his 1984 album Letter to Home).
Souther’s story behind writing “Heartache Tonight,” made those watching at home wish they were at the show. At the time Souther and Frey started the classic rock anthem, they were walking around Souther’s pool while on a break from writing another song. Souther had the melody and Frey started clapping. Then Don Henley joined in and then Frey got Bob Seger on the phone to finish the song. And, voilà, a co-write between four rock legends was born.
Looking a little taller and even more beautiful, Lennon & Maisy entertained with a two-song set that included their airy Charli XCX cover, “Boom Clap” and their version of “Lean On” by Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring MØ.
Then Carmack took the stage with the lead single from his Pieces of You EP, “Being Alone,” and proceeded to blow the roof off the place with a naughty blues number called “Sweet Little Angel.”
Tillis introduced the band and sang a powerful version of “Maybe It Was Memphis.”
Collie rocked the stage with Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and shared details on an upcoming documentary about his time bringing live music to inmates as an essential part of their rehabilitation. Before leaving the stage, Collie shared a powerful message in light of the recent tragedies in Dallas and Orlando, Florida.
“Love your neighbor,” he told the crowd. “Hug your brothers and sisters. And thank a cop for keeping you safe.”
An inspirational performance of “On the Day I Die” closed his portion of the show. Then Souther returned to the stage to sing “I’ll Be Here at Closing Time,” a song he wrote about an attractive waitress with an alluring walk he noticed once while writing music at a restaurant.
The night wrapped with the entire lineup singing the Joe Cocker version of “With a Little Help from My Friends.”
ABC cut a number of shows to make room for the new series launching during the 2016-2017 season. But among the most unexpected were the cancellations of Nashville and Castle, bubble shows that had made moves (albeit controversial ones) to help guarantee their pickups.
“In terms of the behind-the-scenes thing that were happening on both Castle and Nashville, the studios in each case were looking for the best creative and financial ways to make room for a ninth season of Castle and a fifth season of Nashville,” new ABC Entertainment Group president Channing Dungey told reporters on a conference call. “They were definitely engaged in a bunch of conversations on a studio level on what would set them up the best for success should they get the order.”
On a network level, “in terms of what we were discussing internally…it was the best fit for things on the schedule,” Dungey said. “Obviously looking at ratings, looking at our own finances, looking at some of the new development. A lot of those decisions did come down to the wire, which is the difficult thing about these jobs: you have to weigh and measure a bunch of different things. At the end of the day, it didn’t feel that—even though both Castle and Nashville were wonderful shows for us and good performers for a long time—the future for us did not really lie in those shows.”
Castle’s series finale aired Monday night, with (spoiler alert!) an added “happily ever after” scene serving as the closing moments of the show. Nashville, which airs its series finale on May 25, is being shopped by its studio for a potential new home.
LETS NOT LOSE HOPE NASHIES
Before she became Scarlett O’Connor in TV show Nashville, Aussie actress Clare Bowen had a decidely unglamorous job.
While working in Sydney’s Metro Theatre, Bowen, who now stars in the hit TV show, came close to giving up on her acting and singing dreams completely. “I’d been working four service jobs and auditioning during the day and I was so tired and worn down, and just heartbroken at everything,” she told AAP.
Bowen contemplated packing it all in to go work with horses in the countryside, but her brother, Tim, wasn’t so supportive of her plan to give up. Realising his sister was losing sight of her goals, he took action. On the back of a sandwich wrapper, he wrote a list of all the things she had hoped to achieve. Bowen framed the list and was pleasantly surprised when she looked at it recently.
“I have ticked off everything on that list except for writing a childrens’ book, so I’m eternally grateful to him for kicking my arse back into gear and making me believe in myself, and that’s how I got to Nashville,” she said.
Into the fourth season of the hit TV show, Bowen enjoys success as both an actress and a singer in the series. She’s just wrapped a north American tour with the show’s cast and will be coming back home to Australia for her first ever headline tour later this month.
The homecoming seems particularly poignant as Tim, who has written music used in the show, was diagnosed with stage four lymphoma. Bowen remains positive and has offered her help in an incredibly self-sacrificing way. “He’s on his last round of chemo and I’m going back there soon so they can run all my bloods to make sure that I’m a good match for stem cells and whatever they need,” she said. “I said I’d give him whatever they need if I can. I can’t wait to get back there and help him heal.”
The actress admits it can be hard being so far from home during a time like this but she’s been fully integrated into the Nashville community, that’s thriving thanks to the show’s popularity. Tourism has never been higher in the Tennessee capital. The shy actress has embraced it, moving from her farm on the outskirts of town to a recently purchased loft apartment in the heart of the city with her musician fiance, Brandon Robert Young.
“It’s really nice to be a part of something that has done a lot of good. Nashvillians are constantly telling us that the show has done a really good thing for the city so that’s the most important part, I couldn’t be a part of something that isn’t positive in that way,” she said. There’s a sense that for Bowen, being settled somewhere is particularly important.
At four-years-old, she was diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer, end stage nephroblastoma, and had to undergo experimental treatment as her only hope of survival.
“I did some of my growing up in the city but it was highly unconventional mostly being in hospital,” she said. It was her own childhood experiences that prompted her to cut off her beautiful long blonde locks last year, surprising her fans when she revealed her new pixie haircut.
The move was Bowen’s attempt to shift the emphasis away from outer beauty and towards inner strength, something this actress has in spades. “You can be pretty, you can be Aphrodite, but if you’re mean on the inside then it doesn’t count for anything,” she said.
Clare Bowen Austrlaian tour dates:
May 24 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
May 25 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne SOLD OUT
May 26 – May Oxford Art Factory, Sydney SOLD OUT
May 27 – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul SOLD OUT
May 28 – Metro Theatre, Sydney
May 30 – The Triffid, Brisbane SOLD OUT
May 31 – The Triffid, Brisbane
Due to overwhelming demand, the star of hit US television series NASHVILLE and Australian native, Clare Bowen has added second and final Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane dates to her debut East Coast tour this May.
Clare’s expanded tour will see her take in Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on Tuesday 24th May, along with All Ages shows at Sydney’s Metro Theatre on Saturday 28th May and Brisbane’s The Triffid on Tuesday 31st May.
All previously announced dates have now sold out. Tickets to Clare’s additional shows will go on sale at 12 noon AEST on Friday 22nd April.
Limited VIP Meet & Greet Packages will be available to purchase starting Friday 22nd April, exclusively at www.ClareBowenOfficial.com. All VIP Packages, which include a Q&A with Clare, an intimate acoustic performance, Meet & Greet with photo, and a signed item, can be purchased in addition to show tickets.
Clare Bowen has shot to stardom since her early roles in local programs Home and Away, All Saints, and The Cut, securing her breakout role in 2012 as enchanting singer-songwriter Scarlett O’Connor on the cult US television series NASHVILLE, which is now into its fourth season and screens on Foxtel’s SoHo in Australia.
On her forthcoming Australian tour, Clare will showcase a collection of original songs and NASHVILLE series covers, showing off her stunning vocals and supported by a full band. She is currently working with A-list producers on her debut solo album, due out later this year.
NASHVILLE airs Thursdays at 9:15pm, Express from the US, on Foxtel’s SoHo.
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If they can’t bring you to Nashville, they’ll be bringing Nashville to you.
The cast of ABC’s Nashville is embarking on an international tour, taking them overseas to the UK and Ireland for a week in June. Cast members Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Chip Esten and Sam Palladio will bring their songs from the series as well as their own personal music to each show.
Since Music City is quite the distance from any of the cities they’re stopping at, the cast thought it would be a treat to play for their fans in other parts of the world who don’t always have the opportunity to travel to a local performance.
“The coolest thing about that is that not everybody has time to come to the city of Nashville to see us perform live, and we do get around here a little bit,” said Bowen. “It’s limited because of our shooting schedule, so this is the time when we’re free to go to the fans. When we like bringing the music to the people who matter to us.”
The tour is strictly appreciation for the Nashville fans who keep up with the show abroad and Bowen wants them to know how much the cast truly cares about the upcoming tour for them.
“We have a wonderful fan base and they’re so… What is it people say, that Country music fans are the most loyal in the world? I truly, truly believe it, and so to go out there and be welcomed like that, into other cities, it’s such a privilege. It’s so flattering. I just love it and I can’t wait.”
Nashville is currently in the midst of its fourth season with new episodes airing Wednesdays at 10/9c on ABC.
Since its debut in October 2012, ABC’s musical drama Nashville has provided the equivalent of a weekly, hour-long tourism commercial for Music City and has spun off a cottage industry of CDs, merchandise, and tours.
Today, Nashville expands its footprint once again, taking its show on the road—literally— for its third tour. This outing will include international dates for the first time, as well as 17 U.S. dates, up from four in 2014 and 10 last year.
The trek features cast members Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Chris Carmack (Will) and Charles Esten (Deacon) on all dates, with other cast members, Will Chase (Luke), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Aubrey Peeples (Layla) and Sam Palladio (Gunner) joining for select cities. They will play songs their characters have performed on the show, as well as their own compositions.
“When the tour started out, we got to do a couple of shows and we were taken aback by the reaction and the passion,” Esten tells Forbes. “It’s a rare [TV] show that allows you to go stand on the stage in a theater full of people who have grown so attached to the show, the characters, and the story lines and get to play the songs they and we have grown to love. It’s hard for me to really describe how magical that is.”
“We get to come out and see people in cities, and now countries, who might not be able to come to Nashville and see us,” Bowen says, adding that she relishes being able to go out in the audience and mingle with fans during the show. “They’re inviting us into their space. It’s the biggest thank you and appreciation and honor for us to go out there.”
Nashville, created by Thelma & Louise’s Callie Khouri, has never been a ratings juggernaut—it draws around 4 million viewers each week— but has attracted a devoted, loyal following. ABC will announce if the show is renewed for a fifth season next month.
When asked if the tour is a money maker or a promotional vehicle, Opry Entertainment Group president Steve Buchanan says, “we look at the tour as a promotional tool.” Buchanan’s experiences at the Grand Ole Opry served as the show’s inspiration and he is an executive producer on Nashville. He adds that ABC’s television affiliates and radio stations in participating U.S. markets also tie in with the concerts via on-air sweepstakes for trips to Nashville.
Part of the show’s appeal is its authenticity: it shoots in Nashville and often features prominent local landmarks, such as the Opry and Bluebird Cafe, and top Nashville artists and industry figures have been known to drop by for a quick cameo. But shooting in Music City isn’t cheap. So far, the state and city have kicked in at least $46 million to offset production costs and to keep the show from moving to their cheaper neighbors, like Georgia, who offer greater incentives.
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Life is imitating art for Jay DeMarcus and Sam Palladio. The Rascal Flatts bassist made a cameo appearance on ABC’s Nashville last season, making a date with Gunnar Scott (played by Palladio) for a songwriting session. The musician and actor became friends and real-life writing partners, crafting a tune together that just may end up on a future Flatts album — or on Nashville.
“He’s a wonderful musician, and I love his voice,” DeMarcus tells Rolling Stone Country of Palladio. “It’s refreshing to know that [the actors] representing us on the show are authentic.”
DeMarcus has now seen that authenticity first-hand with more than a dozen actors on the musical drama, as he produced Christmas With Nashville, an album of holiday standards and originals sung by the cast. Due in stores November 4th, the compilation includes Clare Bowen’s (Scarlett O’Connor) take on “Santa Baby,” Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne) singing “Blue Christmas” and sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella (Maddie and Daphne Conrad) harmonizing on “Christmas Coming Home.”
Christmas With Nashville Track List:
1. “Santa Baby” — Clare Bowen
2. “Blue Christmas” — Charles Esten
3. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” — Jonathan Jackson
4. “White Christmas” — Hayden Panettiere
5. “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” — Connie Britton
6. “River” — Sam Palladio
7. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” — Connie Britton and Will Chase
8. “Merry Christmas Baby” — Aubrey Peeples
9. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” — Chaley Rose
10. “Christmas Coming Home” — Lennon & Maisy
11. “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” — Will Chase
12. “Celebrate Me Home” — Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson
Sam and Clare were mentioned in the recent Telegraph with an article entitled “10 Country Songs That Will Make You Cry” where I Will Fall made the list!
From the end of a relationship to the end of childhood, the stars of country music are masters at the art of making songs out of everyday sadness.
Clare Bowen & Sam Palladio – I Will Fall
The Channel 4 series Nashville may be fictional, but it comes with some serious country music chops: T-Bone Burnett oversaw the music on its first series, in which this song appeared. It was recorded by the two actors who play Scarlett O’Connor and Gunnar Scott, and written by Tyler James and Kate York, who has written multiple tracks for the show.
Best New Country Darling: Clare Bowen
The pint-sized Australian beauty won over the hearts of the crowd with her sweet voice and mixture of cover songs (Etta James, the Killers, Johnny Cash) and her own music. Many of the crowd simply knew her from her work on ABC’s Nashville, but it’s safe to say she wowed the uninitiated with her charming personality and genuine appreciation for those who watched her 45-minute performance early in the day. And Nashville fans were especially rewarded: Bowen brought out costar Charles Esten for a surprise duet on the song “This Town.”
Source: Rolling Stone