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Last season, it looked like Nashville might be cancelled but ABC decided to renew the show instead. Will the ratings rise in season two so its future is assured or will the numbers drop so it cancelled this time? We'll have to wait and see.
The Nashville TV show revolves around a rising country star (Hayden Panettiere) and a legendary superstar (Connie Britton) whose fame is fading. Others in the cast are Charles Esten, Eric Close, Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Chris Carmack, Lennon Stella, and Maisy Stella.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest. »
• Ellen Page (Juno) is in talks to play John Belushi’s wife, Judith Jacklin, in the upcoming biopic of the late comedian’s life. Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor) is set to star as Belushi in the Steve Conrad-directed and scripted pic. Page can be seen next as Kitty Pryde in X-Men: Days of Future Past (out May 23). Her spy-thriller Queen and Country also recently snagged a director in Craig Viveiros. [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
The drama is based on the autobiography of Chris Kyle, the Navy Seal chief with the greatest number of sniper kills in Us military history.
Boardwalk Empire actor Eric Ladin has also joined the cast as Squirrel, a young surfer from Southern California who is part of the Seal team, while Gang Related's Rey Gallegos will appear as chief of the Seal team Tony.
Nashville star Eric Close has also joined the drama, though no further details have been released about his character.
Disney/ABC Television Group has inked an exclusive multi-year licensing agreement with Hulu Plus for Svod rights to the drama series. Beginning now, all past Nashville episodes and clips are available on the subscription service. Currently in its second season, Nashville, produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment, stars Connie Britton as music legend Rayna Jaymes and Hayden Panettiere as sassy up-and-comer Juliette Barnes. Cast also features Charles Esten, Eric Close, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, Lennon Stella and Maisy Stella. Dee Johnson, R.J. Cutler, Callie Khouri and Steve Buchanan executive produce. »
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Up until now, "Nashville" has been able to walk the very fine line between drama and soap opera (minus the whole Season 1 finale car crash, of course). But on Wednesday (Feb. 5), the ABC southern series officially cemented its status as a soap.
Sure, the drama was always present in copious amounts, but as mayor of Nashville Teddy Conrad (Eric Close) watches his ex-con, ex-father-in-law Lamar Wyatt (Powers Boothe) drop to the ground in front of him with his second (!) heart attack and does nothing while the man dies right in front of his eyes as revenge for Lamar orchestrating Teddy's wife's murder, it can't be denied any more. "Nashville" is a soap opera.
Now, it's not like that's a horrible thing. Soap operas are entertaining with their over-the-top drama and are a great distraction from everyday life -- which is really all TV is. But what "Nashville" loses as a »
On ABC's Nashville, Rayna's (Connie Britton) love life is growing more complicated by the minute. After splitting from Teddy (Eric Close) last season, the country music diva has revived her career thanks to bad-boy Liam (Michiel Huisman), found a new love interest in fellow star Luke (Will Chase) and, after a near-death car crash, still can't seem to shake her attraction to former flame Deacon (Charles Esten). While fans are still rooting for Rayna and Deacon to find solid footing again -- they have a shared interest in the emotional (and musical) well-being of their daughter, Maddie (Lennon
- Lesley Goldberg
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