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'Nashville' star Charles Esten on T Bone Burnett's exit: 'I don't mind anybody fighting over excellence'

Last week, iconic music producer T-Bone Burnett had choice words for the execs over at ABC when he explained his abrupt exit as Nashville‘s music supervisor after just one season to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I have no problem working with Callie,” Burnett said of his wife, Nashville creator and executive producer Callie Khouri. “I have a problem when people don’t treat Callie right. I like to see artists treated with tremendous respect, and I like the executives to say, ‘How can I help you do what you do?’ That’s what I do.”

He continued, “Some people were making a drama about real musicians’ lives, and some were making a soap opera, so there was that confusion. It was a knockdown, bloody, drag-out fight, every episode. You remember that show The Prisoner? If I were to tell you the truth, you’d think I was insane.” Yikes. Tell us how you really feel, T-Bone.

Well, EW caught up with Nashville star Charles “Chip” Esten (a.k.a. Deacon Clayborn) on the red carpet of the BMI Music Awards last week in Nashville, and though the actor didn’t deny the behind-the-scenes tension, he said he was proud to be part of a show for which people like Burnett care enough to argue.
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'Nashville': 10 things you can expect in season 2

Tonight, Nashville returns with a second season premiere (10 p.m. ET on ABC) that has a lot of cliffhangers to resolve. We asked exec producer Dee Johnson and Hayden Panettiere to tease what lies head. Here are 10 things you can expect in season 2:

1. Rayna (Connie Britton) and Deacon (Charles Esten) will survive that car crash. No surprise there. But what it does, Johnson says, is “change everything from the point of view of our two star-crossed lover anchor characters. It definitely sets them on totally different trajectories.” After picking up shortly after the crash, there’s a bit of a time jump that will allow Deacon to be back on the wagon. “For any addict, it’s always gonna be an issue. But that is the biggest wake-up call of anyone’s life, so I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say he’s not gonna be stumbling around drunk,” she says. “He has a whole bunch of new information in his life [about Rayna's daughter Maddie being his], and I think the struggle for him is to look at where he is, why he is, and how he’s supposed to either embrace or reject the role of father.” Rayna will eventually butt heads with the new president of Edgehill (Oliver Hudson). “Having been bought out by a massive conglomerate, it has a very different and new perspective in terms of how it handles its artists. And Oliver’s character, Jeff Fordham, instantly butts head with Rayna in a kind of love/mostly hate relationship.” Will they have sparks? “They’re certainly gonna have a lot of fireworks between them, and whether or not anything ever romantic comes to pass remains to be seen.” 
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PaleyFest 2013: 'Nashville' cast talks rhinestones, romances, and tour rumors

When the cast of Nashville took the stage at PaleyFest 2013, they weren’t quite prepared to give away too much information about the show’s will-they-or-won’t-they couples Deacon and Rayna (not to mention Gunnar and Scarlett). However, that didn’t stop them from revealing some other tidbits. Below, in no particular order, 10 things we learned from the ridiculously attractive (and talented) cast. READ FULL STORY

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