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Michelle Obama to guest star on 'Nashville'

Michelle Obama’s about to be all over our TV screens: The First Lady is making a cameo on NBC’s Parks and Recreation for its April 24 finale and now will be guest starring in an upcoming episode of ABC’s Nashville.

In the Nashville episode, Rayna (Connie Britton) turns to her famous friends — including other guest star Kellie Pickler — to help throw a charity concert at Fort Campbell.

The episode airs May 7 at 10 p.m. ET on  ABC.

'Nashville' sneak peek: Ladies of 'The View' weigh in on Rayna's family drama -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Those daytime gabbers on The View love a good family crisis, and on this week’s Nashville, Rayna (new tweeter Connie Britton) finds her family among the talk show’s Hot Topics.

In this exclusive sneak peek from the episode, airing Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC, Maddie causes a media frenzy after making a viral video that airs some of the family’s dirty laundry — and mom doesn’t seem too happy about it. READ FULL STORY

ABC announces spring finale dates for 'Scandal', 'Once Upon a Time,' more

ABC announced its spring finale dates for 19 of its current series. Of note is the season 3 finale date for Scandal — Thursday, April 17 — a special two-hour Once Upon a Time season finale, and an extended, one-hour season finale for The Middle.

Check out the full list of dates below: READ FULL STORY

'Nashville' sneak peek: Scarlett hits the stage with Zac Brown Band -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Scarlett’s career is red hot, but will the pressures of fame prove to be too much for her to handle? That’s the question posed in Wednesday’s new episode of Nashville, which will find the up-and-comer (played by Clare Bowen) hitting the stage with the Zac Brown Band.

And it’s worth noting that Brown is not the only big star set to appear in Wednesday’s episode: Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts will also guest-star as himself, and the storyline will find him approaching Gunnar (Sam Palladio) to co-write a song.

Can’t wait? EW has an exclusive clip from Scarlett’s performance with Zac Brown below:
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'Nashville': Kelly Clarkson will guest star as herself

A promo following Wednesday’s cliffhanger-happy midseason finale of Nashville confirmed that Kelly Clarkson will appear as herself in the January 15 installment of ABC’s drama. She’ll record “Fade Into You” — a song co-written by characters Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Scarlett (Clare Bowen) in season 1.

And fun fact: Clarkson has covered Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” as well. Watch opposing performances of songs called “Fade Into You” (because why the heck not?) below: READ FULL STORY

'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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'Nashville' sneak peek: Rayna's life is in peril -- EXCLUSIVE

CHILLS!

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' deleted scene: Rayna and Teddy in happier times -- VIDEO

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.”

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'Nashville' reels in 'Sharknado' actress for recurring role -- EXCLUSIVE

She’s already battled airborne sharks, but for her next role, Aubrey Peeples is going to come face to face with creatures with a different kind of bite.

EW has learned exclusively that the Sharknado actress is set to recur on ABC’s Nashville as Layla, a runner-up in a big reality singing competition who just burst onto the music scene and seems to be as sweet and gracious as they come. (Key word: Seems.)

Peeples, who has also appeared on Necessary Roughness and Burn Notice, will first appear in the second episode of Nashville’s upcoming second season, which premieres Sept. 25.

Three 'Nashville' characters become series regulars

An O.C. star and a pair of musically inclined sisters are now series regulars on Nashville, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Chris Carmack, who played Luke Ward on The O.C., will continue as Will, a wannabe country star. Sisters and YouTube stars Lennon and Maisy Stella will remain on the show as the daughters of Rayna (Connie Britton) and Teddy (Eric Close).

Nashville, an ABC series about the world of country music, will return in the fall for season 2.

Emmy Watch: 'Nashville' star Hayden Panettiere on the hardest scene she's ever shot

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

Who would have thought that country-pop starlet Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) would end Nashville‘s first season as the character in the healthiest place — even as she’s mourning her recovering addict mother, who’d just committed murder-suicide to save Juliette from another scandal? Even more surprising: Originally, Juliette wasn’t going to be as large a role as she’s become. “I found this out on Heroes: Especially when you do ensemble casts, you can try as hard as you want to tell the audience how to feel, what character or story line they like the most, but they will always choose. Everybody loves to hate one of the characters,” Panettiere says, with a laugh. “But Callie [Khouri] and the writers created this character that you still had sympathy for, and empathy. I would never want to play the villain who didn’t have heart, who didn’t have something to back it up.” Here, we ask Panettiere to break down the emotional season finale. READ FULL STORY

'Castle,' 'Bones,' 'The Good Wife,' 'NCIS': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Happy finale season! We’re in the home stretch but before we all prepare for our post-TV season depression, let’s dig in to some scoop.

Have a question for next week? Send it to spoilerroom@ew.com or find me on Twitter @EWSandraG

‘CASTLE’: SHOULD CASTLE/BECKETT FANS BE WORRIED?

Aside from a few bumps along the way, this season of Castle has been filled with lots of joy for Castle and Beckett — the “honeymoon period,” as executive producer Andrew Marlow calls it. But will the May 13 finale bring an official end to this honeymoon?

“I think the finale’s goal is to ask some hard questions, and take a look at some reconceived notions and some assumptions that both characters may have that may or may not be accurate,” he elaborates.

Judging from the questions you fans sent in, though, I know there’s one question that’s been plaguing your minds: Should you be worried about Castle and Beckett’s relationship status. The answer? Well, it’s complicated: “I think whenever we go into a finale episode, of course, the fans should be worried about things,” Marlowe says. “But what we’re trying to do is find honest organic storytelling that’s more complicated than ‘should we be worried’ because I think ‘should we be worried’ implies a binary outcome — either X happens to Y happens and I think we’re trying to tell a lot more complicated story than that.”

I warned you. It’s complicated. Thankfully clarity is just around the corner, as are more teases from Marlow. Stay tuned.

‘BONES’: HOW BAD IS PELANT? WELL…

Think we’ve seen the worst from brilliant hacker Christopher Pelant (Andrew Leeds)? Think again.

In Monday’s season finale of Bones, the evil genius now has more tools at his disposal than ever before and will show just how much he can mess with the lives of our gang, “I think it’s emotional for everybody,” previews Emily Deschanel. “The victims — there may be multiple victims — have connections to the FBI and Booth and Booth…knows the victim well. So it’s a big deal.”

After stealing Hodgins’s fortune in a previous episode, we’ll find Pelant operatings from some very fancy new digs in Monday’s season ender and living with “no restrictions.” “He has unlimited capabilities at this point and that’s pretty terrifying when you think about a brilliant, evil person with all those resources,” she says.

But his most evil act of the episode? That one you won’t see coming. “It’s like the last few season finales where you really have to watch until the very last minute,” she teases.

More from Deschanel on Monday.

‘NASHVILLE’: BIG CHANGES COMING

We all saw Lamar flirt with death in the last new episode of Nashville, but even though he made it out alive, there are big changes in store for the family.

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“[Tandy] is sort of the son her father never had and has been groomed for the top role at the company and to succeed my father when it was time for him to step down or, god forbid, he should pass away. So it becomes clear the time is getting closer, it’s time to maybe make some moves,” Judith Hoag teases. “Lamar and Tandy have some different visions for how the company should be run, and I think Tandy has hit a point where she’s done being told who to be and what to do.”

That goes over with Lamar about as well as you’d expect. But Hoag says Tandy’s new attitude isn’t the only thing drumming up drama. “She also finds out information that makes her uncomfortable with how business is being handled…and also I question a big Lamar’s state of mind,” she says. “But we can never forget what a worthy opponent he is. He’s worthy and he taught me very well. So it should be interesting.”

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