It remains to be seen if the show can function long-term without Rayna, but this week’s episode did a nice job of highlighting some potential silver linings of her death. The most interesting thing about this episode to me was Maddie and Daphne’s continued, and completely different, reactions to Rayna’s death. Maddie in particular already seems destined to be Nashville’s connection to her mom, though I didn’t expect them to explore it this soon.
If you’re reading this, then I’ll assume you already watched the latest episode of Nashville, “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” episode 5.09. To call Rayna Nashville’s lead undersells her importance. Due in no small part to Connie Britton’s balanced performance, Rayna consistently made Nashville keep one toe in the sand of realism, especially when soapy elements threatened to overwhelm it, and I have no idea how the show functions without that.
Okay Nashville fans, this is going to be a bit of a combo review with some thoughts about the latest episode (“Stand By Me,” episode 5.08) and a few about season 5 in general. In episode 8, Rayna and Deacon continued to show off their sweet, sexy, healthy marriage, even in the midst of the stalker drama (more on that in a bit).
More than most shows, Nashville famously loves taking its viewers on a roller coaster ride of quality. For every episode focused on the main characters, the music, and storylines that actually have time to breathe, there’s another that feels like a bad soap opera wasting great actors. That being said, I was cautiously optimistic about this premiere, hoping that new showrunners plus a network change would allow for a reset of sorts, back to Nashville’s season one roots and the show Callie Khouri intended to make. ...
Dolly Parton sat down with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric to talk about her latest album, her biggest tour in 25 years and her iconic look.
Dolly Parton sat down with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric to talk about her 43rd studio album, Pure & Simple, her biggest tour in 25 years, and the stories behind some of her most famous (and not so famous) songs.
Country music legend, Dolly Parton, sat down with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric to talk about her 43rd studio album, Pure & Simple, her 50th wedding anniversary with her husband, Carl Dean, and her biggest tour in 25 years.
Country music legend, Dolly Parton, sat down with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric to talk about her latest album, her career and her secret tattoos.
Country music legend, Dolly Parton, sat down with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric to talk about her latest album and her career, including her role in the feminist comedy classic, "9 to 5."
Dolly Parton, country music legend and business maven, sat down with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric to talk about her 43rd studio album, Pure & Simple, her biggest tour in 25 years, her iconic look and her incredible career.
Say it ain’t so! Connie Britton may be leaving Nashville when the series returns in January. The former Friday Night Lights star has apparently only signed on for 10 of the 22 episode season, while co-star Hayden Panettiere is fully on-board. While Rayna Jaymes is the heart and soul of the show, it has always focused on an ensemble cast, centred around the rivalry between Britton’s Rayna and Panettiere’s Juliette Barnes.
Being a show about country music singers, it would be a bit silly if the music sung by the characters was no good. There’s no denying that Nashville is great for those who love a bit of celebrity gossip and escapism. After all, it is Country Music Television who have brought the show back.
The country music show Nashville was recently cancelled by the ABC network after four seasons and a huge cliffhanger that left the life of a main character hanging in the balance. Story line: Washed out country music star Rayna James (Friday Night Lights’ Connie Britton) attempts to revive her career. On the suggestion of her music label Edgehill Records, she is forced to take Juliette Barnes (Heroes’ resident cheerleader Hayden Panettiere), an young star who’s poised to rule the country music landscape, on tour to sell tickets.
Recurring characters came and went without proper explanation, and central characters often made nonsensical decisions that made them hard to root for. Additionally, with so many characters and such a talented cast, some relationships weren’t adequately explored. Juliette and Rayna’s complicated dynamic, for example, was one of the show’s strengths (especially in the first season), but they never had enough scenes together for it to feel fully realized.
Ah, Nashville. I’m bummed my time with you is coming to a close, even if you are mostly soapy, dramatic ridiculousness. Case in point, this episode, which had Rayna and Deacon in therapy and a whole bunch of other couples who probably could have used some. I will say that their therapy session did a nice job of breaking down their relationship, from its inevitability to its unhealthy cycle of anger and guilt. I doubt they’re going to be able to break that cycle by next week’s finale, but I hope they at least end up in a place where that seems possible. ...
This was slightly less depressing than Nashville’s recent fare, especially on the Juliette front. On the other side is Layla, who I think genuinely does care about Avery, but also has no problem using him in her quest for success, as she did here. It’s true that their relationship was going to come out eventually, but I really wish she hadn’t lied to Avery about the reason it did.
Maddie had her day in court, and it was even uglier than I thought it would be. Sure, Frankie was saying awful things about Rayna (which again, didn’t feel all that warranted, despite the things she said to Cash), but Deacon should have realized he was being baited. In all of her talk of emancipation, she’s cited being angry that her mom wants to control her as an artist, but she’s never mentioned Deacon’s anger issues in that context, making it look like something she was saving as her ace in the hole.
This was not my favorite episode, largely because I find the Maddie situation so gosh darn annoying. It was an apt comparison, and her devastation at the end completely showed how much she’d hoped that Maddie wouldn’t follow in her footsteps. The teenage drama also led to one of the better scenes of the hour, with Rayna going to Juliette’s to look for Maddie.
It has been reported that actress Hayden Panettiere has returned to work following treatment for postpartum depression. The 26-year-old star sought medical help ten months after the birth of her and her fiancé Wladamir Klitschko’s daughter Kayla, taking a leave of absence from her TV show ‘Nashville’. Hayden plays country singer Juliette Barnes on the show and TVLine now report that she is back on set to begin filming episode 14 of season 4 of the drama series, with the ep expected to air in April.