Chris Carmack, Aubrey Peeples
Relationships rarely experience smooth sailing on ABC's Nashville, but Layla (Aubrey Peeples) and Will (Chris Carmack) are in for an especially rocky ride.
"They are struggling," Peeples tells TVGuide.com about the couple's arc in the next few episodes. "I don't think that it would be realistic for everything to work out [with them]. ... Layla is upset a lot in the last half of the season."
Scarlett O'Connor (Clare Bowen) is getting her first taste of fame on ABC's Nashville(Wednesday, 10/9c), but will the pressure be too much? Last week's episode saw the aspiring singer/songwriter turning to pills to keep her creative juices flowing.
"I think she's coming to the end of her tether, really," Bowen tells TVGuide.com. "She didn't anticipate any of this at all. ... She didn't have any grand ideas of being a performer. She just created things. So the whole thing, it's a big rollercoaster for her."
There's no shortage of unanswered questions to be resolved when Nashville returns onWednesday (10/9c, ABC). Who will live? Who will die? Whose love lives will remain in limbo? Who will find domestic bliss? And what musical collaborations can fans look forward to in the second half of ...
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?
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."
ABC's Nashville was one of the most critically acclaimed new shows of the season, and yet its future remains on the bubble.
Did the initial glitz, glamour and Southern charm of Music City lose its appeal for some viewers? Was the back-and-forth bickering between country legend Rayna (Connie Britton) and young, hot starlet Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) tiresome? Are there just too many characters with competing story lines? And is there a need for all the shady politics?
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).
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...