Ever since he turned on the club back in season 4, Juice Ortiz has been the Sons of Anarchy character you love to hate. Or is it hate to love? Or is it both? Because while Juice is a man that has made some downright terrible decisions as a member of SAMCRO, he also seems like a good guy deep down. As a result, viewers have been left to alternate between wanting to see Juice pay for his sins (like killing a fellow Son) and hoping he can get a fresh start. Theo Rossi, the man who plays Juice, loves hearing the back and forth fans feels about the character, because at least they are feeling. “I believe any character you play on anything…as long as you feel something,” said Rossi when he called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105). As long as you love or you hate.” Rossi also discussed much more and now you can hear the entire chat right here on the InsideTV Podcast. READ FULL STORY
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In anticipation for the season 3 premiere of Nashville, Connie Britton stopped by EW Radio (SiriusXM 105) to talk about the show, and what it feels like to be proposed to all the time.
“F— you, Brad Culpepper!” That was Marissa Peterson while she was playing Survivor: Blood vs. Water after Brad engineered her ouster from the tribe. But now that she has been truly eliminated from Survivor: Blood vs. Water after losing her duel against the Codys, how does she feel about the former NFL player? She called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) to share her thoughts with Jessica Shaw and me on the man that has angered so many in so little time. Does Marissa still hold a grudge? Does she still blame her uncle Gervase for getting her voted out due to his excessive celebrating? And what’s this we hear about her doing some hardcore spooning with Candice at Redemption Island? Marissa tells all, and you can hear it all right here on the InsideTV Podcast by clicking on the audio player below.
But we start things off with a survivor (so far!) of the zombie apocalypse. Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn on The Walking Dead, tells Jenna Morasca and me (and you!) everything we need to know to get ready for season 4 of the AMC drama. What’s it like with so many familiar faces gone thanks to the bloodbath of season 3? How is the show’s tone and pacing different under the command of new showrunner Scott M. Gimple? And what’s in store for Glenn and Maggie this year? Steven spills all.
As if that’s not enough, Jenna and I also welcomed Connie Britton into the EW Radio studio to talk about both Nashville and Friday Night Lights. Are we going to get back into more behind-the-scenes music industry stuff on the ABC drama? And what — or who — is holding up that big Friday Night Lights movie we keep hearing about? Listen in as Connie weighs in on all of that and more. READ FULL STORY
“There’s always a Friday Night Lights movie just around the corner — always just around the corner.” — Peter Berg
Last we saw Eric and Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights, they’d left Texas for Philadelphia, where Tami became dean of admissions at a prestigious school and Coach was starting from scratch with a new crop of inner-city football players. But series creator Peter Berg and showrunner Jason Katims had barely wrapped the show’s five-season run in 2011 when both men began dropping hints that they wanted to bring these beloved characters to the big screen. (Of course, the television show was itself based on Berg’s 2004 movie, which in turn was based on Buzz Bissinger’s 1990 book.) So thanks to their big mouths, the show’s beloved cast has had to answer movie questions every time they do an interview (or speak to any human being in the course of a day, most likely).
Monday night on Watch What Happens Live, Nashville‘s Connie Britton told Andy Cohen that she’d love to make another Friday Night Lights movie, but that such plans are being complicated by someone crucial to the story who doesn’t share her enthusiasm. “Some people are really excited about it and other people aren’t,” she said. “I love the idea. I think it’d be a great idea. But my former [TV] husband… “
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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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That’s what we got when we watched the exclusive sneak peek below from next Wednesday’s season 2 premiere of Nashville.
In the video, we pick up right after last season’s terrible car wreck and see Deacon use his
many, many muscles to drag an unconscious Rayna out of the car, all the while whispering sweet pleas for her to “wake up.” (Sob!) And if that’s not enough of a heart-squeezing moment, we cut to the hospital, where we see Rayna in very rough shape to say the least… READ FULL STORY
Nashville‘s first season hits DVD on Sept. 17, which gives you plenty of time to marathon it before the drama returns to ABC on Sept. 25. View a deleted scene below, and watch Rayna (Connie Britton) take an extraordinarily long time to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Speaking to EW for our Fall TV preview issue on stands Friday, Nashville exec producer Dee Johnson offered a couple of teases for the formerly happy couple of Rayna and Teddy (Eric Close) in season 2: She will — surprise! — survive that car crash with Deacon (Charles Esten), have a “love/mostly hate” relationship with the hot new head of her record label (played by Oliver Hudson), and perhaps get involved with a country star whose stature in the business is even bigger than hers (played by Will Chase). And Teddy, well, last we saw him, he’d just found out that Peggy (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) was pregnant. “He’s not very happy about it,” Johnson said, laughing. “It continues to be a story point for them moving forward, and he and his whole family have to wrestle with how best to handle that.”
On Friday night in Austin, Tex., some of your favorite Friday Night Lights cast members gathered at sunset to drink Shiner Bock in a parking lot and reminisce about the glory days. This was not a dream. It was a stellar event put on by the good folks at the ATX Television Festival who’d organized a free outdoor screening of the season 1 season finale. (The next morning the thrills kept coming, as stars Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton surprised fans by dropping in unannounced on the FNL cast panel.) But on Friday, the show belonged to actors Scott Porter (Street), Gaius Charles (Smash), Louanne Stephens (Grandma Saracen!), Brad Leland (Buddy Garrity), Stephanie Hunt (Devon), Katherine Willis (Mrs. Street), Matt Lauria (Luke Cafferty), and Lamarcus Tinker (Tinker), who spoke with EW exclusively about their most treasured memories of working on the greatest show ever. Here are 10 of the best:
1. Scott Porter on Taylor Kitsch’s audition tape for Tim Riggins: “The camera turns on and you just see a leg.Then you see Kitsch sit back in a chair and he just looks into the camera. There’s a tall-boy next to him and he reaches down, grabs it, puts it on one leg, cracks it open with one hand, drinks the whole tall-boy, puts it down, grabs the second one, cracks it open with one hand and goes [in Canadian accent] ‘This is Taylor Kitsch, reading for Riggins.’ And then he begins the scene by the pool where he says ‘Texas forever’ for the first time.” READ FULL STORY
Nashville is back Wednesday, and we finally get to see Gunnar and Scarlett’s postcoital afterglow, which, truth be told, doesn’t look so bright in our exclusive clip below. Perhaps sleeping with the girl you’ve lusted after all season doesn’t fix every problem (like, the death of your brother). READ FULL STORY
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
Stars of some new fall shows are set to present Emmys at the TV awards ceremony this weekend. Revolution‘s Giancarlo Esposito and Nashville‘s Connie Britton have joined the group of celebrities to take the stage at the Nokia Theater on Sunday. They also will be at the ceremony as nominees — Britton for American Horror Story and Esposito for Breaking Bad — along with fellow newly announced presenter Michael J. Fox, nominated for guest roles on Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Good Wife.
Other presenters announced today include Ron Howard, Lucy Liu, Kiefer Sutherland and nominees Jon Hamm, Julianna Margulies, and Julianne Moore.
They join previously announced presenters Jon Cryer, Claire Danes, Zooey Deschanel, Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Emily Van Camp, Louis C.K., Ricky Gervais, Ginnifer Goodwin, Mindy Kaling, Jim Parsons, Amy Poehler and Kerry Washington.
The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on ABC this Sunday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.
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For our Fall TV Preview issue, we spoke with the cast of ABC’s new drama Nashville about the question that’s on everyone’s minds: Can Connie Britton really sing?
When ABC first started casting for the show, its creator, Callie Khouri, knew she wanted Britton for the role of country superstar Rayna Jaymes, even before she knew whether or not Britton could carry a tune. “I said, if we can’t get Connie Britton, let’s just not do the show,” Khouri tells EW. “Everybody thought I was nuts!” But Khouri held out for her first choice. “She’s a woman that other women really relate to,” she explains, “and I felt that was exactly the right way to go with this character.”
There was only one problem: Britton’s real voice would be used on the show. And that made the actress very nervous. “I grew up singing,” Britton reveals. “My mother was a music teacher and I trained for [musicals] in drama school. But when I started pounding the pavement in New York, I realized that people there have these majestic voices. I’m a perfectionist, so I let that go by the wayside.”
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