‘Nashville’: Season 4 Brings a Whole lot of Drama

There’s only one week till Nashville returns and the previews shows everyone picking up right where the left off.

There is no sign of Deacon in the preview at all! Rayna says something about doing a lot of letting go lately. Either Deacon didn’t want to stay with Rayna after the surgery or he’s the one that really died. The only thing that gives me hope is the new poster for season four. It shows Juliette, Rayna and Deacon. Why put him on the poster if he dies? So maybe we can stop worrying about him. Maybe just worry about our favorite couple, Rayna and Deacon.

Things are either going to get even more complicated for Gunnar and Scarlett or maybe they can finally get back together. She tells him she has a boyfriend, but he says she keeps ending up there with him. I love these two together and I hope this will be leading them back together.

Juliette looks to be coming to her breaking point. She’s having a ball with guest star Steven Tyler, but then she’s crying in the bathroom and Rayna knows something is seriously wrong. Avery is just hoping she’s happier without them.

A lot of questions are left unanswered in the promo. But when has a Nashville preview ever led us to the right conclusions? There’s always a whole lot of drama and this promo of season four promises just that.


Here’s a Recap of Where the Characters of Nashville Left off in Season 3

So close! They can't deny their feelings anymore, they weren't even on stage.

So close! They can’t deny their feelings anymore, they weren’t even on stage.

It’s hard to forget the last moment of Nashville in the season finale, Caleb tells Rayna he has some bad news. All I could think of was, no it can’t be Deacon!

We still don’t know if Deacon flatlined or if it was Beverly. Is it horrible that I’m hoping it was Beverly?

That was the big cliffhanger of season three, but there was a lot of other things going down too.

Juliette was getting ready to go on tour with Luke, despite her postpartum depression. She totally lost it at the end of the season. She recorded her album in 36 hours and when Rayna, Bucky and Glenn were worried about her, she fired everyone and went to Jeff. Jeff then took her to Luke and he signed her.

Avery was desperately trying to reach his wife, but all Juliette cared about was her career. She threw a snow globe at the wall when Avery wouldn’t give her their daughter to hold, but she was in no condition to hold the baby.

We saw a little glimmer of hope for Scarlett and Gunnar at the end. She wrote a song about Deacon and Rayna and the two sang the song together, and almost kissed! Scarlett was even crying. There’s definitely still feelings there, but she’s about to move in with Caleb and he’s heading to Texas with Kiely. Maybe they will change their plans. We can only hope.

Teddy was having to answer for all of his mistakes. He wouldn’t build a case on Tandy and jeopardize Rayan’s business, so he’s being taken to prison. Teddy is seen on TV being arrested, but his girl’s miss this because they are hearing some very bad news. If Teddy being arrested wasn’t bad enough.

Jeff and Layla’s relationship has been rocky since the start and it continues to be shaky. Jeff cut her off from everything. He even gave himself power of attorney in the contract that he had her sign. Layla finally gets a message from Rayna being worried about her and starts seeing what is really being said about her.

She discovers that Jeff sent the tweet out at Jade’s party. His answer to all of this is that he just doesn’t want to lose her. Maybe it’s true. I could believe he doesn’t know how to be in a functional relationship.

There was one thing good that happened in this episode, Will finally came out. It was a roller coaster of a ride for him though. Luke was not happy at all when he found out. Will wanted to still maintain that he wasn’t gay and it didn’t help that his father was in town.

Will set up a press conference to set the record straight. Kevin said Will was not gay and Will was going to continue with the same story, but he changed his mind when he got on stage. He decided to tell the truth. His father was furious, but he was finally able to be himself and tell Kevin that he loves him. But Kevin never said it back!

That’s where all the characters left off in season three. Nashville will return Wednesday, September, 23 at 10/9c pm on ABC.

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Eric Close Will No Longer Be Series Regular on ‘Nashville’

nashvilleWhen season four of ‘Nashville’ returns, Teddy Conrad will not be a main fixture.

Eric Close, 48, who plays Rayna James’ ex-husband will no longer be a series regular on the show, TVLine reported.

ABC declined to comment to the website, but TVLine has heard that the move “is part of a creative effort” to have the show focus more on the music business.

In the later part of season three, I felt that Teddy’s storyline was a little out of place. It was interesting when Jeff (Oliver Hudson) was blackmailing him to get him to sign Maddie to his label, but once Rayna shut that down, his story felt unnecessary. He’s been dealing with all of the consequences. Jeff got fired, but he hasn’t been in any legal trouble. Teddy’s legal troubles will sure to have an affect on his family, but his storyline no longer has anything to do with the music.

I understand the writers reasoning behind it. The other main characters all have ties to the music business and the majority of them perform too. Teddy doesn’t even like the music business.

Ever since Rayna stopped Teddy from giving their daughter a record deal, he’s still had a storyline, but he’s hardly been on screen. It was more of a reminder each week of what a mess he’s got himself into. I think the affect his actions have on Rayna, Maddie and Daphne is going to play a bigger role in the storyline than his part in it.

Rayna has had press nightmare after press nightmare since she opened her label and this time it’s going to hit really close to home. It will of course be a time for damage control for her company, but she’ll be more concerned on the affect it will have on her daughters, especially Daphne. Daphne was feeling a little out of place at the end of season three. She loves Deacon, but Deacon is not her father. She was really missing Teddy and now he’s about to go to prison.

I wonder if the dirty money Tandy used to help Rayna open her record company will come into play next season? That was the reason Teddy pulled back from his deal. He could have had all the charges wiped, but when he found out Tandy used dirty money to help Rayna, he didn’t want to bring Rayna down. He didn’t even want to investigate Tandy. He finally took responsibility for his actions.

His ties to Rayna and his daughters are sure to keep him around. I’m sure we will see him again. His bad choices are sure to echo for a while as well.

While Eric is away from ‘Nashville’ he will be reprising his role as lawyer Travis Tanner in the upcoming fifth season of ‘Suits’.

Review: ‘Nashville’ Leaves Us With A Big Question

What is the bad news?! Are you seriously going to make us wait?!

What is the bad news?! Are you seriously going to make us wait?!

The writers are just so cruel. They are going to make us wait all summer to find out if Deacon is still alive. I understand cliffhangers, but this one is just cruel.

Caleb has some bad news. So either Deacon is dead or he’s rejecting the liver. Either answer is not good. We can’t have another season without Deacon, so he has to be okay. He just has to be. Is it Beverly? Is she the one that doesn’t make it? Is it horrible for me to say that that’s what I hope that bad news is?

This was a roller coaster of an episode. Juliette has absolutely lost it. She’s fired her manager and signed with Luke and Jeff. Can she even jump ship from Highway 65? Won’t there be legal repercussions for her? She still has a contract with Rayna.

If Rayna didn’t have enough to deal with already, she now has to deal with her ex-husband getting arrested, which they miss because they are getting news of Deacon. Rayna will also have to deal with Juliette. When Juliette does get better, how will she feel about her actions? Going to Luke is in bad taste, not to mention unprofessional. The only reason Rayna wasn’t pushing to get things done was because she knows what it’s like to have a newborn at home. She was giving Juliette time to be with her little one. Most mothers would appreciate that. It wasn’t like Juliette was actually being mistreated. To top that off she goes to Jeff, the man that almost destroyed her and Avery’s relationship. No wonder Avery is upset.

Jeff is strange. He claims he was afraid of losing Layla, so he sent the tweet and made her sign her life away. It’s just crazy. He was being so good with her and then all of a sudden Jade comes into the picture and he reverts to the Jeff I don’t like. I was really liking Jeff for awhile. He had hit a low point, but he really cared about Layla. He was being a better man. Now, not so much.

Teddy is being a better man. He was trying to get himself out of a bad situation, then that meant hurting Tandy. He was hesitant about it, but continued on, until he found out that might ruin Rayna as well. He’s finally taking responsibility for his actions, but this still affects Rayna and especially Maddie and Daphne. Please say Deacon is alright. Maddie can’t lose two fathers in one day.

I am so proud of Will. He didn’t have to come out. He could have just stuck to the script. That couldn’t have been easy with his father right there. Plus knowing as soon as he said it, his father would disown him again. But on the upside, Will was finally able to tell someone he loves them. I really like Kevin and I think they are really good together.

I wasn’t happy with Luke when he was upset that Jeff never told him that Will was gay. That wasn’t for Jeff to tell him. I think that if Will had signed with Rayna, she would have reacted with more compassion. I really lost a lot of respect for Luke in that moment. He gained some of it back when he side it was too bad because Kevin’s a good guy. That was better.

I still can’t believe we have to wait all summer to fine out Deacon’s fate. It’s going to be a long summer.

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ABC Renews ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Nashville’

greys-anatomy-eleventh-season.32035 ABC has renewed ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Nashville’. With how well ‘Grey’s’ has been doing it was no surprise, but ‘Nashville’ was a worry with it’s declining ratings.

Fans are still upset after Derek Shepherd’s death, but the show will go on without him. The storylines have been really good this season, even without Cristina Yang. Derek wasn’t in too many episodes either, and the story kept moving forward.

Derek’s death has propelled the story on even more. Now Meredith really does have to figure out how to be the best surgeon and mother without him. Amelia is also dealing with Derek’s death. Derek’s death and Meredith running away, prompted April to go into the army and study surgical field techniques. This has only made her a better doctor, but has distanced her from Jackson.

The tragedy also inspired Owen to go back to the army and to step down from chief. Now someone else will get the honor of running Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Plus there is tension between Jo and Alex. She wants to go on an adventure, while he’s finally putting down roots. Derek’s death has definitely had a ripple affect. So it wasn’t a surprise that ABC wants another season of Shonda Rhimes’ show.

nashville___poster1_by_emreunayli-d6llccb‘Nashville’ looked like it could be in danger of being cancelled, but luckily ABC has decided to renewed the show for a fourth season. There’s still more stories to tell and so much more music!

Gunnar and Scarlett are finally making it work as a duo. Plus, we can’t really end the show without these two together.

Juliette has such an interesting storyline at the moment with her postpartum depression. Avery is trying desperately to help her.

Will is about to come out of the closet a lot sooner than he expected and his career is just starting to heat up.

Let’s not forget Ryana and Deacon are finally together, Teddy trying to get himself out of a big mess and who can say no to seeing Maddie and Daphne sing more! I’m really looking forward to another season of these talented musicians.

Are you looking forward to another season of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Nashville’? Will you even watch ‘Grey’s’ with out Derek? What would you like to see next season?

‘Nashville’ Review: Is the Best Behind Them?

This was an episode of music. So many performances!

This was an episode of music. So many performances!

Beverly walks through the door and says she wants to help Deacon live, but then she gives Rayna an evil eye. What will she want in return? Rayna to leave Deacon? If she won’t take a million dollars it’s either her leaving Deacon or a whole lot more money. The money she believes she would have gotten if Rayna didn’t steal Deacon away.

Assuming ‘Nashville’ gets renewed for season four, I don’t think Rayna and Deacon will be together. That doesn’t say that this couple isn’t the end game. But as you know with TV show couples, they can’t end up together before the show is over. This seems to be the writers way of tearing them apart again. And clearly making us hate Beverly even more. I hope Scarlett completely disowns her mother, if my predictions are correct, because Scarlett doesn’t need that negativity in her life. Or maybe Beverly will ask Rayna not to sign her daughter. There’s another plausible possibility too. Either way, Scarlett doesn’t need this mother, she has Deacon, who has been more of a parent to her even with his drinking.

I said it over an over again that Scarlett and Gunnar should sign with Highway 65 and it’s finally coming true! There was really no other option. Rayna is trying to build a record company with talented artists and Scarlett and Gunnar are that. It’s a shame that Avery couldn’t join them, but he has some more pressing matters to deal with.

I called it again. Juliette has postpartum depression. I’m very happy about this actually. I think after we weak storyline Hayden Panettiere had while she was pregnant, she’s really getting good content to work with now. Juliette is very stubborn and doesn’t believe anything is wrong with her. But clearly there is. She can’t connect with her daughter and as the doctor said, she’s hyper focused on her career and that is a symptom. Juliette is also not happy that their accusing her of being sick. It does seem off that she’s also writing off Deacon’s cancer and not even understanding what’s going on with Rayna.

Will’s about to come out of the closest a lot sooner than he would have liked. It’s amazing he’s been able to stay under the radar this long, of course Jeff was a lot of help to that. Now pictures are about to come out in the tabloids with him and Kevin. Luke doesn’t look too happy about this. How will Luke approach Will? Will is just starting to get a long with his father again too, though as Kevin said, it doesn’t mean anything. Will is just so desperate for his father’s approval he’s accepting false love.

Jeff is turning back into the Jeff I do not like. He’s lying to Layla about sending the tweet, he’s lying to Bucky about the publicity that he’s creating for Layla. Lies and more lies. Maybe his heart is in the right place, but he’s going about it all the wrong way. I thought Jeff was good for Layla, I thought he cared. And now Layla has gone and signed a contract.

Why is it that Teddy’s extracurricular activities always seem to loop back around to his family? He’s been given a pass, but he has to takedown a senator. He thought his ex-father in-law was the one involved, but it was his former sister in-law. He may be in the clear, but will this hurt Tandy?

Next week is the season finale and things are not looking good for Deacon. Please say we don’t lose him! Take a look at the promo:

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‘Nashville’ In Concert Was Like Being Inside the Show

The stars of ‘Nashville’ perform incredible week after week. But that’s with multiple takes and cameras, not live in front of an audience. When they’re on stage with a live audience, they are even better.

Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, Lennon Stella, Maisy StellaChris Carmack and Aubrey Peeples are touring eight cities and I was lucky enough to catch them in New York with Sam Palladio.

Sam debuted a new song, Clare and Chris also played some of their own material. These actors are about to have some major singing careers. They are already very talented performers. Chris said his song could be released on iTunes any day now.

Clare and Charles really stole the show. Clare was incredible. She really owned the stage while she was up there. You can tell she really loves being up there. Charles kind of acted like the MC of the show. He was doing a little directing at the end and thanking all the band members. He also thank the man that was giving all the stars the guitars throughout the show. The performers got to use so many different, beautiful guitars. Charles even convinced Lennon and Maisy to let him play guitar with them, just like he does on the show!

Lennon and Maisy are amazing for only 15 and 11 years olds. How do such powerful voices come out of two small girls? Charles was just mesmerized by these girls on stage and you can see it in this video:

It’s not hard to see why a lot of fans were excited to see these two young girls perform.

Chris is also an incredible performer and it made me want to see Will perform more on the show. The song that he wrote sounded much like something you would hear from Will. Here’s a little taste:

Sam gave us a double dose of his music. One was slow and one was fast paced. Both were amazing! I particularly liked the faster paced song. It was nothing like Gunnar and it made me feel like we got a glimpse of the real Sam.

My favorite of the night was definitely Clare, but I might just be a little biased here, because she is my favorite. She looks like she owns the stage and is really singing to the audience. Every week Scarlett amazes me on the show and in person, Clare had that same affect on me. She dedicated her song to the fans, because we should all be marching to the beat of our own drum.

It was incredible to see Gunnar and Scarlett up on stage together. The stars were really giving the fans what the wanted:

Giving the fans what they wanted also included Chris saying, “I love you too,” when a fan screamed out, “I love you!”

Sam joked that he would just continue tuning his guitar so he could keep hearing fans scream.

If you were hoping for so some Deacon action, Charles supplied that as well. He wrote a song that could easily be Deacon singing to Luke called, “He Ain’t Me.”

The stars were really grateful to the fans. They thanked fans numerous times throughout the night. Chris, Charles and Sam were nice enough to take selfies and sign autographs with fans after the show as well. For the fans that were dedicated enough to stand waiting, in a colder than expected night, they got to meet their ‘Nashville’ crushes. The girls were going crazy. A lot of fans phones were going dead and they had to borrow their friend’s phone or ask a stranger to take a picture for them.

Chaley Rose even snuck out the back with Sam. Are these two dating? She was nice enough to take pictures with fans as well. The other ladies of ‘Nashville’ slipped out very quickly and got into their cars and left. Granted it was past Lennon and Maisy’s bedtime at this point. 

I hope ‘Nashville’ gets picked up for another season. I can’t wait to see them perform again next year!

Here are lots of photos from the show:

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‘Nashville’ Review: Does Time Really Change Things?

Juliette announced she's back in a big way.

Juliette announced she’s back in a big way.

If Beverly gives Deacon her liver after taking that money, Scarlett and Deacon are really better off without her.

Rayna spent the entire episode pleading with Beverly to save Deacon. Beverly holds real resentment over Rayna. She thinks she lost her shot at the big time because of Rayna. Which probably isn’t true, she just didn’t have what it takes. As Scarlett knows, it takes a lot.

It was very emotionally watching Rayna desperately try to save Deacon. It hit me really hard when Beverly said, “you save him” to Rayna. She was trying to save him, but Deacon’s own sister wouldn’t lift a finger. Scarlett would have given her liver, but she wasn’t a match, so then she begged her mother. She tried to get Caleb to ruin his integrity. She was doing everything.

It didn’t help when Juliette broke down crying when Deacon told her. It was a very emotional episode and it was looking like Deacon was going to die. But with a million dollar check, I have my hope back. There’s no way Beverly will turn down the money, but will Rayna tell Deacon the truth?

Deacon had a difficult day himself. He walked in on his daughter in a very compromising position. He handled it all pretty well though. I wasn’t so sure about him sending Juliette in, but that was a great idea! She wasn’t going to lie to Juliette and she was able to talk to someone about it other than her parents. Though Rayna will still want to talk to her.

But what is up with Juliette? She can be good with Maddie, but she can’t do it with her own child? Did she forget she had a baby? Who did she think was watching her daughter all day? I was shocked with her telling Bucky to go to hell, but really that is typical Juliette. She had an amazing comeback performance that I’m sure will get everyone talking about her and remembering her. But why can’t she connect with her daughter?

Layla is trying to get noticed too. And I think I agree with Jeff, I don’t like Jade. She’s being such a bad influence on Layla. She was kissing up on some star because people would want to know who she is. That’s not who Layla is, that’s not what he music is about. Her music is pure and meaningful. What’s she’s doing isn’t. Jeff has tried to convince her and now he’s crossing the line. He’s sending out a tweet that’s sure to get Jade kicked her off the tour. But really it’s for her own good. He’s protecting her. But will she forgive him?

Kylie was back and begging for Gunnar’s forgiveness. I don’t like that she’s all of the sudden showed up. Yet another thing to tear Scarlett and Gunnar apart and we know there’s something there. She would have told Caleb who her friend was, if there wasn’t anything there.

Looks like Teddy might get away with his crimes, but what price will he after to pay?

Next week Avery confronts Juliette and it doesn’t look good. Take a look at the promo:

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‘Nashville’: The Calm Before the Storm

The liver was just false hope for us fans!

The liver was just false hope for us fans!

I guess we should have never thought it was going to be that easy for Deacon to be cured. The writers gave us hope and then they took it away.

I was worried about Deacon from the beginning of the episode. He was coughing. Then he got the call about the liver and I thought everything would be alright. Well I thought that for a second. Then I thought, it’s too early in the episode for good news, something bad is coming.

He had a fever of 100.5 and had to take tests to make sure he was up for surgery. Turns out it was just a sinus infection, so it was back on. Then when they took the liver out of the other guy, they found cancerous legions on the person’s lungs. They wanted to be safe, so the surgery didn’t happen.

Scarlett is not handling this well. When Deacon had to take tests, she asked Caleb to persuade the surgical team to operate anyways, even though he could reject the liver if something was seriously wrong with him. Caleb said no. Scarlett later apologized to him for that.

The one good thing that came out of this was Scarlett asking Deacon and Rayna how they continued singing even though it was so complicated. Rayna said, them being so complicated is what made the music great. So Gunnar and Scarlett are no longer looking for a replacement, they are just going to be a duo. Before Scarlett got the text from Deacon to go to the hospital, she was ready to give up on the band. No one was as good as Avery, so she wouldn’t pick one.

Gunnar is finally in the loop about Deacon. It’s about time she told him. She needs more people to lean on. I wish Rayna had someone to lean on. She was praying for guidance at the end. Rayna has to be strong for Deacon and Maddie.

There may be more going on with Juliette than meets the eye. She’s so terrified of losing her career that she’s fighting too hard for it. She made a scene at the charity event when she told Jade that she doesn’t belong in Nashville. Avery wants to be let in, but Juliette says she doesn’t understand what’s going on. Could this be postpardarm depression?

Christina Aguilera’s character, Jade, is trying to break into country music. She wanted to do a duet with Luke to help convince her label that she should do a country album. He told her he didn’t have time, but would bring her to a charity event with lots of people in the industry. First Luke introduced her to Will and then Layla sat down and interrupted their conversation. Jade was very impressed with Layla when she opened for her concert. Jade told her she was hoping she would be bad because she didn’t want Jeff to be right. Jeff was not happy to see them talking.

Christina Aguilera could totally do country.

Christina Aguilera could totally do country.

The biggest event of the night was auctioning off a performance on demand. Bucky was bidding on Juliette to perform, so she could get back on stage. But Jade decided to bid on Layla after she heard Juliette talking down to Layla in the bathroom. It was a very heated battle. Juliette even made Avery bid after he showed up to support her. In the end Jade bid $500,000 and Layla won. Juliette was so mad that she said some harsh words.

Jade was upset, so Luke took her to the Bluebird to restore her faith in country music and even got her up on stage. She sang his old song, ‘Shotgun’.

She continues with flattery and ends up pulling Luke into her room. Is Jade being a fangirl just so happy to meet her idol, or is she not as innocent as she seems? Jeff seems to know more about her than he’s letting on. He told Layla she uses people and then throws them away when she doesn’t need them anymore. Can we get more details?

This made Layla realize that his feelings for her are true. Will said Jeff only likes her when she’s making him money, but Jeff was willing to give up a lot of money when he told her not to tour with Jade. Sure it could be wounded feelings as well, but what exactly happened between them?

This led Layla to go back to him. Can they have a professional and personal relationship?

Will may have found a real boyfriend. He’s been fooling around with Kevin, but now he wants to get more serious while he’s figuring it out. He hated seeing Kevin at the charity event with another guy. Kevin is completely fine with him figuring it out. They are just so cute together!

Daphne felt a little hurt when her mother and sister ran off to the hospital to be there for Deacon. She really wanted to perform. So Teddy asked Luke to fill in for Rayna and have Daphne sing with him. It seemed a little awkward at first, him inviting her up. But her performance took away all the awkwardness.

It’s a shame she doesn’t feel more included with Deacon and Maddie. She’s asked Teddy if she can move in with him, but it’s just a matter of time until his indiscretions come back to haunt him.

Next week Juliette is back on stage and Maddie is caught in a compromising position! Take a look at the promo:

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