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9 October 15th, 2016 What To Look For In NASHVILLE Season 5: Shorter Scripts, Depths Of Relationships, More Music & Maddie Gets A Love Interest!

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So what will the rejiggered, relaunched Nashville feel and look like when it bows on its new home CMT come January?

Showrunner Marhsall Herskovitz previewed that they have tightened elements of the show.  He related: “First thing we mandated was shorter scripts, so there’s time for the music to play out.” But with that, he also intimated that the drama within the scripts will be more relationship-driven instead of catalysmtic-event driven. Herksovitz added: that they will be focusuing on the “depth and the complexity of the relationships instead of just feeling you needed to have incident piling on incident.”

In addition, the show will feature other styles of music that comes out of Nashville, with the addition of Joseph David-Jones (Clay) as an “modern/eclectic” artist.

But look for Jones to be involved in complex and tumultous on-screen romantic relaitonships with Maddie (Lennon Stella)!  According to TV Guide, Clay’s mood swings may be the result of something deeper than just your typical emotional ups-and-downs. Though he and Maddie come from wildly different socioeconomic backgrounds, they find common ground in music. And while the idea of dating a “bad boy” may appeal to Maddie initially… she’s going to be in for a lot more than she bargained for.”

So, what do you think of the upcoming changes for Nashville season 5?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  1. Rebecca1 says:

    Loved it the way it was…doesn’t sound like it’s going to be the same show. Hope it’s not butchered like Prospect Park did to OLTL which was uurecognizable.

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  2. Alan says:

    If anybody can make this show watchable it’s Herksovitz and Zwick…

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  3. su0000 says:

    ”more music” = less script ..
    ”more relationship-driven ” = less adventure/thrilling drama

    I don’t Nashville… just isn’t for young peoples much like dancing with the stars LOL ..

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Hi su…I was happy to see we’re “both with her”… But, sigh…

    Country music in general (putting “Nashville” the show aside)…has a large fan base…many, many of that base is young. Check out country music stars and bands…there’s a lot of talent in their 20s, 30s and 40s. With that said, if someone likes country music they’re going to admire the musician and the musicality of the performance. I can love Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra…as well as Adam Levine and Bruno Mars. I can like some old time/classic country music ( which I never did before) like Johhny Cash or Willie Nelson (though admittedly not much my type of music) as well as Keith Urban, Rascall Flatts, Band Perry, etc. It has nothing to do with this (tired subject) …age.

    Once again you bring up adventure…thrilling drama, excitement. I don’t understand…you KNOW that there are many types of shows, different genres…drama, adventure, comedy, law, mystery, supernatural, music. I don’t watch How To Get Away With Murder and expect to be laughing my butt off like I did with “BrainDead.” (Did you watch that? Hilarious 12 episode parody of politics…disgusting with heads exploding, literally…but beyond funny, intelligent…just loved it!) but my point is “Nashville’s” not an adventure show, not a show packed with “”excitement.” It is, or was, what it was supposed to be…a show set in Nashville about the country music business and the rise and fall of the fictional characters complete with friendships, romance, backstabbing and great music … And, no..I wouldn’t make a special effort to hear any of the songs off the show or rush out and buy the cd’s even though I do like them…but in the context of the show the music is great and the actors are extremely talented. Even Jonathan Jackson plays some of his original stuff.

    My concern is Herksovitz and Zwick…who ARE great writers…are trying to expand the viewership since it’s now on CMT, by playing more music and giving less story. That’s not the show I loved and was so looking forward to seeing again.

    Later…

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  4. Rodd says:

    Too soon to tell, just based off that brief description. I’ll have to watch and judge it by how well any of this plays out. I was never a real fan of the music, so if it’s playing out more, I’ll FF through more. But I love the characters on the show and look forward to seeing their stories continue on TMC.

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  5. Soaphound says:

    Maddie gets a new love interest? That’s supposed to be a drawing point? Maddie has far too much screen time as it is. NASHVILLE is presumably aimed toward adults; we don’t need anymore tween storylines, thank you. She’s a spoiled, whiny brat with none of her mother’s common sense and lacks even basic loyalty toward Daphne. Making her a focal point will be a mistake.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Kids are…kids! They go through stages of rebelling against parents, etc, whether in real life, our soaps or on this show. Maddie’s not violent, she doesn’t hurt anyone…but she found out the father she adores wasn’t really her father, she began to love her bio father Deacon, then he almost died, her father who’s not her bio dad but she still loves went to jail, her mother got divorced, got engaged…broke up. Etc, etc. Maddie’s entitled to be confused, searching, angry, etc. Still a good kid…not a “brat.”

    As for adult drama, they’re going for ratings and trying to extend the viewership. That means more country music to bring in the country fans on CMT, as well as younger viewers. I understand WHY they’re doing it, but as I said above I loved “Nashville” as it was. I’m wary of their changes…

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  6. sonniorsolita says:

    Anything that gives us more music is fine by me. I swear there were episodes last season in which we didn’t even get a song — just a snippet or two.

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  7. janet says:

    I have been a fan of the show the way it was. Too much Maddie will make me DVR it so I can FF past the brat.I don’t mind some of her, but I want some of all the characters.Have loved the music for yeeaars, and as someone else said. I like almost all music. Well I guess we will see.

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