It’s hard to believe, but Nashville is about to tune its guitar and step onstage for its final bow. In this exclusive video, the CMT drama’s cast prepares viewers for the lead-up to the series finale.
“There was magic in the very beginning,” Charles Esten says. “There’ll be magic in the end.”
Esten is joined in the clip by co-stars Hayden Panettiere, Claire Bowen, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Chris Carmack and Lennon and Maisy Stella, all of whom speak about why they think the show has connected with viewers over the course of six seasons.
“They’re very human stories,” Panettiere says. “There’s been a lot of love there, and a lot of respect.”
Nashville returns with its final midseason premiere on Thursday, June 7, at 9/8c. Press PLAY on the video above to watch the Nashies wax nostalgic, then hit the comments: What’s the Number One thing you want to see play out on screen before Nashville strums its final chord?
It won’t be long before the song is over. CMT today set a June 7 midseason return date for Nashville, which is in its final season. And the final curtain will fall on the countrified soap with a series finale set for July 26. Watch a promo for the beginning of the end below.
CMT cued up the sixth and last season of Nashville on January 4 and drew the series’ best L+3 numbers since its S5 midseason premiere in early June 2017. Now in its second season on CMT, which picked up the show a month after ABC canceled it suddenly in May 2016, Nashville follows country stars Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten) and the Highway 65 family as they strive to keep Rayna Jaymes’ dream alive and pursue their music while juggling relationships, family and the ever-changing industry.
Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Kaitlin Doubleday, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Maisy Stella and Lennon Stella also star in the series produced by Lionsgate and Opry Entertainment. Connie Britton played Jaymes for the series’ first four-plus seasons.
The network also said today that two new recurring characters will debut during the remaining eight episodes. Ronny Cox (True Detective) will play Gideon, a crusty, frustrated, would-be musician and recently reformed lifelong alcoholic who resented his son Deacon’s success. Now he’s back to try to heal a long-broken relationship with him. Mia Maestro is Rosa, a dedicated follower of Darius’ (Josh Stamberg) Movement who now is having doubts about her role in it.
Cox is repped by APA and Levine Management; Maestro is with ICM Partners and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
I’ve added a bunch of new photos of Clare from season 6 of Nashville. Check out the promotional videos below. Can’t wait for the new season.
Nashville Season 6 – Promo #1: Behind the Scenes:
Nashville Season 6 – Back On Set:
NASHVILLE star Clare Bowen talks about what inspired her fantasy-themed look, how she draws inspiration from nature, the effort that goes into creating her look and the importance of being yourself.
Clare Bowen’s Songs & Stories will premiere on CMC this Saturday at 7pm AEST. To give you a feel for her beautiful performance, we wanted to share ‘Doors & Corridors’, and the story behind it (featuring Brandon Robert Young and Timothy James Bowen).
Clare wrapped up her Australian tour 2 days ago. I’ve added a few videos from press/interviews that she did in Australia as well as some live performances. The Nashville Live in Concert kicks off in Orlando, Florida this Sunday so be sure to buy your tickets at ClareBowenOfficial.com.
If you know of any interviews or televised performances I missed, please share them with us. Enjoy!
NRL Footy Show 2017 Clare Bowen performs ‘Little By Little’
Clare Bowen interview & performs ‘Little By Little’ on The Morning Show Australia
The Daily Edition Interview – ‘Nashville’ actress Clare Bowen is Australia’s rising star
I added screencaps of Clare from episode 13 of Nashville.
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I’ve added screencaps and a new video of Clare from last night’s episode of Nashville. What an episode?! What did you guys think of it?
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Warning: Spoiler alert! Do not proceed if you have not watched Thursday’s spring finale of Nashville. If you have, read our full recap, then come on back.
Well, that’s certainly going to change things.
Nashville wrapped up the first half of its fifth season with an unexpected bombshell at the end of Thursday’s spring finale: Scarlett (Clare Bowen) is with child!
The singer-songwriter broke the baby news moments after reluctantly agreeing to go on tour with her on-again/off-again beau Gunnar (Sam Palladio), telling him that she’s going on the road with him, with one not-so-tiny caveat. “One thing you need to know… I’m pregnant,” Scarlett revealed to Gunnar (and the audience), who had a stunned expression on his face.
The kicker? She’s not sure who the father is: Gunnar or Damien (Christian Coulson), the Brit who directed The Exes’ music video and immediately took a liking to Scarlett. And so the long wait to the resolution of that cliffhanger begins!
Luckily, ET caught up with Bowen via email about what Scarlett’s impending motherhood means for her future — and whether it makes a difference who the father is.
ET: Scarlett’s pregnancy bombshell was quite a shock! What was your first reaction when you read that in the script?
Clare Bowen: In the words of Terry Pratchett: “Oh, drama.”
How do you think she’d handle motherhood?
Scarlett’s done a lot of growing up over the last couple of seasons. She’s developed a sense of self-preservation, as opposed to just trying to keep everyone else happy all the time. I think her having become protective of herself, her own wants and needs is a good start in self-love, just in time for this journey. Having said that, we all know she’s great at taking care of others, but having had an abusive, unwell mother herself, she has no training in “mothering.” Not to mention, she’s a 26 year old with a career, experiencing a surprise pregnancy just when she thought she was getting a foothold on life. But she’s resourceful and instinctive with the patience of a brick. So she’s just going to bloody well handle it.
While this normally would be happy news, it seems Scarlett is torn — especially when she admits she doesn’t know who the father is. How does Scarlett navigate this new uncharted territory?
“Normal” is a setting on a dryer. Scarlett has had fears that she might suddenly turn into her mother upon becoming one. She also entertains the fear that this is her punishment for doing something that actually felt good, instead of just submitting to Gunnar’s wishes. But in her heart of hearts, she knows that’s simply not true. She knows everything happens for a reason and chooses to keep her baby, because to her as an individual, no matter who this baby came from, he or she is a part of her, and that is enough for Scarlett.
How will the identity of the father change things for Scarlett? If it’s Gunnar’s baby, will she have a different reaction than if it was Damien’s? Is it important to her who it is?
Honestly she doesn’t want, or need, to know at this moment. She is the one carrying this child. She doesn’t want to hurt Gunnar, and thusly can’t fake having feelings for him right now. Also she has no idea what Damien’s reaction will be. At this point, it’s all about her baby. That’s just the way she is.
She’s also about to go on tour with Gunnar. Could this new baby thaw things between them?
I don’t have children but I’ve been told they’re not instruments to fixing broken relationships. Scarlett was incredibly honest with Gunnar, and well within her rights when she said she didn’t know what it would take for her to trust him again.
It was lovely seeing Rayna — via footage, interviews — throughout this episode, as everyone started to pick up the pieces and move on with their lives. Were you satisfied with the way Rayna’s story closed with the recording of the unfinished duet?
Upon witnessing Deacon’s strength in singing with the love of his life one last time, knowing he’ll never hold her again, there came about a feeling of “He will survive this” for Scarlett. Her family is a patched-together thing. Deacon is not just her uncle — he’s her best friend in the whole world, and she’d do anything to protect him. Seeing him put one toe on the path to healing made her heart soar.
Lastly, what three words would you use to describe Nashville’s return?
Honesty, family, bravery.
Nashville returns this summer on CMT.