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Press: ‘Nashville’ #BringBackNashville Movement Is Growing

It’s a movement. No, not a reference to the current presidential campaigns, but it is a campaign to #BringBackNashville.

Nashville producer Lionsgate TV, which has been shopping the show to other networks since ABC cancelled the series last week, says response by fans (aka “Nashies”) to bring the show back has been overwhelming. The hashtag has been trending since the penultimate episode aired last night. Nashville cast members Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen and even the show’s creator Callie Khouri have joined in.

The social media buzz also has been great for Lionsgate’s twitter feed. The studio says it has
added more than 1,500 followers since announcing it was shopping the show. We hear Lionsgate is actively having conversations with interested networks, so stay tuned.

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Press: Clare Bowen tells us the truth about the cancellation of Nashville

Cosmo spoke to Clare Bowen, aka Scarlett, on the eve of her Australian tour – and BIG NEWS Nashville fans – there could be a fifth season yet!

When we got news last week that the show had been cancelled after four seasons we were all the sad emojis. Cosmo was in mourning.

Until the lovely Clare Bowen gave us hope, y’all (except she doesn’t talk like that because she’s actually Australian – born and bred).

“It was a really big shock,” she tells us. “But you can’t take these things personally and I do know for a fact that Lions Gate [the show’s producer] is working their hind ends off to find us a new network home. They are doing everything in their power to find us a place, the show is so fantastic and it has such a wonderful, wide audience and appreciation that I have great faith. I have to have great faith.”

Especially since her on-screen persona Scarlett has grown into a pretty kick-arse, country-singing character. “It’s been so good seeing her stand-up for herself and I want her to keep doing that,” says Clare. “You’ve seen her go from this really timid person with no self-esteem to speak of, she really had a very low opinion of herself…into a girl who ditches the boyfriend who is so jealous he can’t think straight and she’s come such a long way. The greatest thing is she’s grown this self-respect and she doesn’t let herself get treated like dirt, she’s not a doormat. It’s wonderful to play a character who has stood in her own boots and fought for her own well-being when others have tried to take it from her.” PREACH!

“It’s not over, Scarlett is always going to be within me, she has always been a piece of my heart.”

Pass the tissues, please. #BringbackNashville.

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Press: Nashville star Clare Bowen returns to the South Coast ahead of sold-out tour

Press: Nashville star Clare Bowen returns to the South Coast ahead of sold-out tour

00001 South Coast musician and actress Clare Bowen is one-part international television celebrity and one-part horse-loving country girl discovering the meaning of life in her early 30s.

Bowen has lived the life of the struggling actress.

From her days studying at the University of Wollongong and living in Minnamurra to working four service night jobs, she remembers the days of when she would decide whether to buy ‘a new book on acting or dinner’. Wind forward to 2016 and the 32 year-old is preparing to perform a sold-out Australian tour on the back of her role as Scarlett O’Connor in the hit television show Nashville.

After that, she’ll play a sold-out tour through the UK. “Home for me has never been a place, it’s the people, but this and Nashville are my homes,” she said.

“I met the man I’m going to marry in Nashville and my family is here, and it’s nice we’re all here together at the moment.” The girl who once sat up the back of lecture theatres and eventually lost her passion for singing has found self-discovery and success in equal parts.

The dream, breakout role
Nashville is an American musical drama series that premiered in 2012 and ran for four seasons. Last week, American television network ABC announced it would stop producing the series. However the four-year ride has given Bowen an international profile, priceless publicity, a reinvigorated music career and a fiance.

“I fell in love with [the character] Scarlett O’Connor — she wrote things down and never showed anybody and that’s what I’ve been doing since I was nine years old,” she said. “I’m buggered if I know why they cast me, and at the audition I thought there’s no way I’m going to get this, so the most I can hope for is going in and having fun and give it my all.” She went in and sang an Australian folk song she cannot remember the name of, but it worked.

She was called the following day and offered the role. “It was nuts — they told me I was moving to Nashville and I didn’t know where it was. “I knew it was a wonderful place but I didn’t know where it was.” The show has since been screened in over 70 countries.

Making a home in Nashville
Bowen met her partner Brandon Robert Young while performing to 17,000 people at a concert. “We were like ‘hi, this is really intimate’, and then I fell in love with him writing a song,” she said. The pair are now engaged, Bowen sold a small farm she had bought in Nashville and they have bought a house together in the world’s country music capital. It is all part of everything falling into place for the girl from the New South Wales South Coast who said she had an unconventional upbringing either in hospitals [she had a form of liver cancer as a child] or national parks.

“Now I realise that everything I ever wanted to do revolved around making people’s lives better,” she said. “It’s about love and kindness and making the most of it while you’re still here, because from a young age, I knew that could be taken away pretty quickly.”

Clare Bowen spoke to ABC Illawarra Mornings presenter Nick Rheinberger.


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Save ‘Nashville’ Petitions

I keep getting emails asking what they can do to help get Nashville picked up by another network and honestly, nothing. I have no power to do anything. But together, as a community, we can speak up and voice what we want. Be sure to tweet on twitter to potential networks: Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, CMT, TNT, AMC, NBC, and CBS.

I also came across some online petitions. Not sure if it would do any good in the grander scheme of things, but it can’t hurt! Renew Nashville for season 5 Save Nashville


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Press: ABC Boss Talks the End of Castle and Nashville

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.


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Video/Press: Clare Bowen talks about singing, acting in “Nashville”

The stars of ABC’s “Nashville” were in Detroit on Sunday, May 1 for “Nashville in Concert” at The Fox Theatre. Clare Bowen, who plays Scarlett O’Connor, talked with Stephen Clark about how she is both the actor and the singer, and how Scarlett is apart of her.

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Press: How Nashville star Bowen beat the odds

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