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PaleyFest hosted a red carpet and panel discussion with the cast of Nashville at the Saban Theatre yesterday in LA, and we were on hand to chat with the stars of the drama. The show returns to the airwaves on March 27, and the cast gave us some clues about what to expect from the show's many romantic entanglements. They also weighed in on what they've heard about the show getting picked up for a second season and the rumors of a Nashville concert tour. We also got the scoop on a few famous faces who will be appearing on the series before this season comes to a close. Here are some highlights:
- It was recently announced that The O.C. alum Chris Carmack will be joining the cast as Scarlett's new neighbor. While Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio were both mum on whether his arrival will spell trouble for their relationship, Sam did say that his brother's death will create some tension between them. "It's gonna be hard," Sam told us. "He ends up taking it out on Scarlett a little bit."
- The cast wouldn't confirm or deny the possibility of a future Nashville concert tour. During the panel, Charles Estes said, "I know there’s talk about it, but it’s in vague stages . . . but there’s nothing very concrete about it.”
- Connie Britton told us she is all for things between Deacon and Rayna heating up. "Oh, I'm pro. I'm pro all of it," she told us on the red carpet. "I love Deacon and Rayna together."
- The series has already had some famous faces from the music world stop by, and there are clearly more to come. Clare told us she's been working with Vince Gill and would love to see Dolly Parton on a future episode. Meanwhile, Hayden Panettiere joked with us that she'd like to see Diddy and Juliette do a duet.
Clare Bowen plays Scarlett O'Connor on Nashville, and when we spoke with her yesterday at PaleyFest, she told us being a part of the show has taken her musicianship to a whole different level. She also told us that she's been working with Vince Gill on the set and that her dream guest star would be none other than Dolly Parton.
Perfecting a Tennessee twang could be a challenge for any actor, but British actor Sam Palladio and his Australian costar Clare Bowen tell us they were more than up for the task when they signed on for ABC's new musical drama Nashville. The series features original songs by music heavyweights including T-Bone Burnett and gives both Sam and Clare the chance to spotlight their singing talents in their roles as young, aspiring musicians. When we caught up with the pair at a recent press day, we asked them to give us a hint at what their characters' romantic lives hold in store this season and what it's like to be part of the show's stellar cast. Check out our interview and catch Nashville when it premieres on Oct. 10 on ABC.