If the best songs come from heartbreak, Gunnar Scott (Sam Palladio) should have plenty of hits up his sleeve on Season 2 of Nashville. With his career prospects self-immolated and his marriage proposal to Scarlett (Clare Bowen) turned down, where will Gunnar go from here?
Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton
Dust off your cowboy hats. Nashville returns for its second season Wednesday (10/9c, ABC), and there's sure to be no shortage of drama.
Connie Britton, Charles Esten
Just as Nashville fans were happily embracing Rayna and Deacon's romantic reunion, a major paternity bombshell ripped the pair apart. When the show returns, is there any chance for a reconciliation?
"You will see happy times between the two. They might not necessarily be the happy times that we want, but we'll certainly be working towards more happy times," showrunner Dee Johnson tells TVGuide.com. "They have to work through their relationship and what it means to both of them and hopefully they'll come to some understanding that leads them back to each other."
Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen
Scarlett (Clare Bowen) and Gunnar (Sam Palladio) may have taken their relationship to the next level when they slept together on Nashville, but Scunnar fans might want to hold off on celebrating. The new couple's honeymoon period may be short-lived, according to Palladio.
That's not entirely surprising, given the fact that the event that immediately preceded their hookup was Gunnar learning that his brother had been murdered. But when Nashville returns from a month-long hiatus Wednesday (10/9c, ABC), there's another source of complications for Scarlett and Gunnar: trying to balance their new romantic relationship with their professional songwriting partnership. It's a classic story of co-ed songwriting duos, and the pair may be headed for a "Fleetwood Mac sort of thing," Palladio admits.
Times are tough for Nashville's Avery Barkley (Jonathan Jackson). He's lost his girlfriend and his home, his former bandmates/buddies hate him, and his pursuit of a career in music is leaving him jaded. For a show about country music, Avery's spending a lot of time singing the blues.
"Avery's in a really interesting place right now," Jackson tells TVGuide.com. "His integrity is being compromised left and right, and there's just a lot of conflict going on. ... I feel for Avery, because I feel like he's trying to do the right thing, and at the same time there have been a lot of moments where he's incapable of doing that."
Lust. Love. Heartbreak. Three things that make for a great country song. And great television. At Saturday's PaleyFest panel for freshman music drama Nashville, moderated by TV Guide Magazine President and Editor-in-Chief Debra Birnbaum, the cast and producers spilled on what's coming up behind the scenes — talk of a tour is in "vague stages" according to star Charles Esten — and on screen...
Beverly Hills is going to look a lot like Nashville this Saturday afternoon as the cast of ABC's critically acclaimed serialized drama assembles for a not-to-be-missed PaleyFest panel.
Joining previously announced series leads Connie Britton (Rayna Jaymes) and Hayden Panettiere (Juliette Barnes) on the Saban Theater stage at 1 pm/PT will be Nashville creator and executive producer Callie Khouri, executive producer Dee Johnson, Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne), Clare Bowen (Scarlett O'Connor), Jonathan Jackson (Avery Barkley) and Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott).
Happy New TV Year! With the brief holiday programming pause about to be over, it's already time to say goodbye to one of last year's better series: the evocative second season of BBC America's Golden Globe-nominated The Hour. A ticking-clock deadline fuels the suspense in Wednesday's gripping finale (9/8c). With showtime fast approaching for a new edition of the fictional '50s TV newsmagazine, The Hour's co-anchors find themselves embroiled in controversy and peril.
Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere
The official soundtrack for ABC's Nashville was released this week, and in case you haven't been keeping up with the series, we've put together a playlist to help you catch up before it returns in January.
"The music is as much a part of the narrative as the dialogue," according to creator Callie Khouri, whose husband, renowned producer T-Bone Burnett, is the series' musical director. (Check out ABC's accompanying On the Record web series for additional insights into the music from the actors and producers.)
And not to worry — though Nashville takes place in the titular country music capital of the world, its songs have mass appeal, even for...
Hitting the 300-episode benchmark is an impressive achievement for any series, but by the standards of the Law & Order franchise, SVU still has a ways to go before it approaches, let alone overtakes, the longevity of the still-missed mothership, which clocked more than 450 hours before NBC's abrupt pulling of the plug two years ago.