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12 January 4th, 2018 NASHVILLE’s Sixth And Final Season Premieres Tonight: What’s In Store For Deacon, Juliette, Avery, and The Gang?

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Tonight, Nashville kicks off its sixth and final season on CMT (9PMEST/8PMCST).  In it, the Music City soap opera hopes to deliver compelling story, great music, and in the end wrap up the series in a satisfying way.

Nashville’s executive producer, Marshall Herskovitz teased a few of the major stories to TV Guide in anticipation of tonight’s premiere.

In regards to Juliette (Hayden Pantierre), where last season she stole Maddie’s (Lennon Stella) song, and looks like she is having another major meltdown in the trailer for the new season, the EP revealed: “She stole that song and that just caused a huge rupture in her personal relationships and in her career. I think we’re seeing her now sort of reverberating from that terrible mistake that she made and really understanding that the demons that have pushed her all these years, the early trauma, the difficulties in her life are still there. That’s setting up what we want to deal with this year with her character.”

As to if Deacon (Charles Esten) will have a love life post-Rayna, and with Jessie (Kaitlin Doubleday), Herskovitz stated: “We’re very excited about Deacon’s storyline. You know, obviously people have seen from the trailers that Jessie is back, but I’m not going to say what that means. You know, clearly they had a very complicated relationship, and I think the whole idea of Deacon starting over and trying to find love again after Rayna (Connie Britton) is just a huge mountain to climb for him. We played that all the second half of last season, and I think that struggle will continue. But certainly, there will be changes, let’s just put it that way.  And in terms of his career, I think I felt when I came on the show, we all felt that in some way Deacon as a performer has been in Rayna’s shadow for too long and that we love the idea of seeing Deacon moving out into the world on his own as a star or as a beloved performer on his own. And that’s something we are following as a storyline.”

Meanwhile, Charles Esten appeared on The Today Show Thursday morning and was asked about Deacon’s love life in the new season.  Esten replied: “I wish I could tell you.  I don’t know all the way to the end, but that’s been the story from the very beginning. I started out a real mess, and Rayna helped pull me back together … Of course, everybody on the show is trying to get Deacon back out there. But it’s hard. It’s not that easy.”

As to the rumors that Connie Britton might make some sort of appearance in a flashback or some other form, since Rayna was killed-off, the showrunner only would say: “The honest answer to that is there is no answer… I just don’t know. I suppose it’s possible it could happen, but I wouldn’t count on it. I just don’t think it’s really been explored. In other words, anything I say will lead people to speculate in one direction or another. And I would say that, at this moment, there’s nothing to speculate about.”

Watch the season 6 trailer which teases more stories featuring: Scarlett (Claire Bowen), Gunnar (Sam Palladio), Will, (Chris Carmack), Avery (Jonathan Jackson), Maddie, and more below.  Then weigh-in: are you looking forward to the final season of Nashville? What are your hopes for the characters this time out? Comment below.

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  1. Violet Lemm says:

    I stopped watching for awhile after Rayna died. I could not watch all the grieving that would follow, especially the girls. I have started again, to see the final season, in hopes that, maybe one couple will be happy. Deacon finding love again, will be a trial because of Rayna’s younger daughter, not wanting to share Deacon.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes, I stopped also, but, before that, the stories were a mishmash–and Jonathan Jackson’s character Avery was never really fully defined. Sad, because I was expecting to see him emote as he did as Lucky on GH. Great actor but superficially written character of Avery. Too bad.

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    Violet Lemm replied

    Well, just watched the second show, and the last I am thinking. Juliette is now ready to join, what looks like a cult, instead of a church. She has a great , loving husband, a beautiful little girl, a career, and its still not enough. Scarlett and Gunnar, are still unhappy, and in love. Deacon is trying, guiltily to move on. Boring and depressing. Avery, I wouldn’t ordinarily advise you to listen to Satan, ( not the poster) but yes, we all want you back in Port Chuck!

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  2. Soaphound says:

    I agree about Rayna’s absence being a problem, but seeing these characters again felt like a warm reunion. Can’t bear Gunnar’s new bleached do, but his rapport with Will is as hot as ever. I’m sorry, but I see them as a couple. Will/Chris is so sexy (I could spend a week in HIS hair) and I’ve always liked his singing the best. The Maddie story is silly (Justin and Selena, anyone?), that boy is too young looking for her, and clearly a player. And Juliette? Well, drama follows her everywhere. Not sure about this story…reeks of a cult to me. But I digress. Glad the show is back for a final run.

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    diane replied

    Totally agree with everything you said, except for the Will and Gunner part. They do have chemistry but Gunner’s heart will always belong to Scarlett no matter have many times she breaks it.

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  3. JK says:

    I REALLY HAVE ENJOYED THIS SHOW AND WAITED FOR THE RETURN LAST EVE…BUT WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED. AFTER 50 MINUTES I REAIZED THE ONLY REASON I WAS WATCHING THIS WAS TO SEE DEACON…., IF THE SHOW CONTIUES LIKE LAST NIGHT….DONT KNOW IF ILL MAKE IT TO THE END OF THE SEASON… I, FOR ONE, DO NOT MISS RAYNA…….WE NEED MORE CHARLES ESTEN!!!!!!!!!!

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    Soaphound replied

    Oh, JK, why can’t that man get an Emmy nomination? What emotion or story HASN’T he hit out of the park? Instead of the same old people winning (or the competent but overrated Sterling K. Brown), how about giving Charles Esten some long overdue recognition!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    The character of Deacon was great in first season—got watered down later, BUT Esten is an actor with warmth and I wanted to see more. Audience can identify and relate to him.

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  4. Satan says:

    In the last episode, Avery will tell Juliette that he’s done with her and with country music, and he’s moving back to his home town, Port Charles NY to rescue his children & the true love of his life from a deranged serial killer.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    He, I’ll buy that! :)

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  5. Alan says:

    Looks like Juliet is about to join the Movement for Coherent Philosophy and lose a whole lot of money to its leader Darius Enwright in the process.

    And what did Gunnar do to his hair…?

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  6. Alohabare says:

    Must agree and vote that Gunner loses the bleach job..really..does a punk hairdo fit in a “country” show?

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