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.
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 Bowen (Scarlett O’Connor on Nashville) talks about why she cut her hair, and the enormous, positive response it received. Watch the first episode of Nashville when Scarlett O’Connor revealed her new look this Saturday, October 22nd beginning at 9|8c only on AXS TV!
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They’re Back! Skyville Hosts the Stars of Nashville
We’re livestreaming the concert tonight at 8/7C.
Rated Red’s Paxton Elrod sits down with the stars of Nashville—including Charles Esten, Clare Bowen and Chris Carmack—to talk about tonight’s special reunion at Skyville Live. “The Magic of Music City” should tide you over until the hit show’s fifth season debuts on CMT.
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Clare did the press circuit last week in Australia while promoting her tour and videos have been scattered and surfacing. A lot are difficult to watch because they are region based meaning unless you live in that country you are unable to see them. I posted one video like this last week and have come across another and thought I would share! Check out new Australian interviews of our favorite Pixie!
• 2016: 05/27 Ten Eye Witness News Interview – Sydney, Australia | Watch Video (same as above)
• 2016: 05/27 Breakfast Show Interview – Sydney, Australia | Watch Video
• 2016: 05/27 Mamma Mia Podcast Interview – Sydney, Australia | Watch Video | Listen to Podcast
Clare was on a morning show in Sydney Australia today called The Morning Show. I’ve added a video and screencaps from her interview and live performance. Enjoy!
• 2016: 05/27 The Morning Show Interview – Sydney, Australia