Nashville Season 5 Episode 11: Fire and Rain Recap

NVL511Deke&Avery&Jul.jpg

The cast continues to mourn Rayna in this episode. Zach channels his emotions into his concerns for Highway 65, and goes overboard. Maddie has another moment of fame. Scarlett drops a bombshell.

Scarlett is still staying with Deacon and the girls, taking care of them in their grief. The girls are still too wiped out to go to school. Bucky finds a tour for The Exes to open on, but they need to start in two weeks. Scarlett’s not sure she’ll be ready to leave Deacon and the girls on their own by then.

At a Highway 65 business meeting, Zach brings up the release of Rayna’s last album. Deacon doesn’t think it should ever be released, since it’s unfinished. Zach feels that the fans and Rayna would want it released.

Continue reading

Advertisements

Nashville Season 5 Episode 8: Stand Beside Me Recap

NashvilleCMT_508_D7-1403.raf

It’s morning at the James-Claybourne residence and Daphne is making breakfast for everyone. “No sign of fire anywhere?” Rayna notes, showing us where Daphne inherited her snark talent from.

The security team is back, because Rayna’s stalker, Hockney, has bailed himself out of jail. Everyone will have a bodyguard from now on. Maddie gets upset because this will interfere with her date at Clay’s bar gig on Saturday. Someone needs to make Maddie a scrapbook of people killed and seriously injured by their stalkers, starting with the ones who were attacked in crowded public places. Maybe John Lennon could be on the first page.

Continue reading

Nashville Season 5 Music Videos: Episodes 1-8

Nashville has been releasing songs from each episode as music videos, but they usually put the videos up later than I post my recaps, so I haven’t been including them there. Unfortunately, these are just the parts of each song shown in the episode, not the full songs. Maybe if they get enough hits it will encourage CMT to make full videos the way Crazy Ex-Girlfriend does, and to put up all of the songs. (Hallie’s songs and the church choir’s music are missing, for example.) Ad revenue is ad revenue, after all. The network makes money when you watch any of Nashville’s videos on CMT’s YouTube channel.

Continue reading

CMT’s Sun Records: New Videos

sunrecordscmt

With less than one week left before Sun Records starts its 10 episode run on CMT, the network has released two more promo videos: a new trailer, and an All About the Style video to add to their behind the scenes collection. The first episode of Sun Records will airs on Thursday, February 23rd, at 10:00 PM ET/9:00 PM ET, right after Nashville. I’ll update this post if any more videos are released before the premiere.

Continue reading

Amelie Comes to Broadway: New Videos

pippaatamelieprevcon

Amélie begins previews on Broadway in a few weeks, on March 9, at the Walter Kerr Theater. Opening night is April 3rd. The cast, including Phillipa Soo as Amélie and Adam Chanler-Berat as Nino, has begun doing promo in anticipation of the premiere. On February 10th they presented a concert preview at the Cutting Room in NYC. Members of the cast performed songs from the show and talked to the press. We’ve collected a few videos to share with you.

Continue reading

Sun Records on CMT: New Extended Preview and Behind the Scenes Videos

Sun Records, CMT’s new 10 episode series on the beginning of Rock and Roll, starts in a little under two weeks, on February 23rd. The series follows music pioneers Sam Phillips, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike Turner, and more from the Memphis music scene of the 1950s. Episodes will air weekly after Nashville at 10:00 ET/9:00 CT.

Under the cut, we’ve collected CMT’s recently released promo videos: Extended Preview, Meet the Characters, All About the Music, The Story featuring Chad Michael Murray, Roland Joffe: Director Profile, and Filming in Memphis.

Continue reading

Nashville Season 5 Episode 6: A Little Bit Stronger Recap

nvl506julavery

I have not been adequately keeping up with Nashville casting news. Until this episode, I had no idea that Rhiannon Giddens, who plays Hallie, is a Grammy winner, and that the group she played with in the episode, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, is her real life music group. I also totally missed it when CMT announced in September that they’d hired an out transgender actress for the first time. Nashville is becoming much more diverse lately. It makes Scarlett’s extremely triggery storyline a little easier to take.

Deacon and Rayna are spooked by the stalker who approached her at Highway 65 last week. Personally, I find Zach’s attitude about Scarlett and Damien way creepier, but I am not a celebrity. Last week’s guy seemed totally harmless, like he just wants to share the love. Anyway, Rayna and Deacon have hired a professional security firm with former soldiers who mean serious business. Do not take a wrong turn down Rayna’s street if you know what’s good for you.

Continue reading

Nashville Season 5 Episode 5: Love Hurts Recap

nvl205claymad

This week, we’re all super excited about shooting Gunnar and Scarlett’s music video with the famous, A-List director, until things take a nightmare turn for Scarlett. Like the title says, love hurts, and so does shooting music videos, at least if you’re a woman being directed by Damien George.

But first, Rayna, Zach and Damien have a self-congratulatory love fest on the way into the mansion where the video is being shot. Inside, Scarlett is unhappy with the dress she’s wearing for the video. She feels it’s too revealing. Let’s recall that her one condition for the video was that she didn’t have to show too much skin. Damien looks at the dress and explains that her character is wild, with no filter. Scarlett doesn’t understand what that has to do with the dress. Damien explains that it speaks to the character, and tells the costume mistress to remove more of the dress.

We’ve established with this scene that Damien is going to ignore Scarlett’s concerns, that he feels women should express their emotions through their sexuality, and that women can only express their sexuality through nudity. Scarlett’s character is going to get inside Gunnar’s character’s head and become an obsession for him, but Gunnar is fully clothed in a loose tuxedo, including a bow tie. Men are capable of expressing emotions and sexual desire without nudity.

Continue reading

Rachel Bloom Writes Song For Supergirl/Flash Musical Crossover

superfriends

This crossover just keeps getting better and better. They’re already bringing together some of the best cast members from the four CW Berlantiverse shows and allowing these triple and quadruple threats to sing (and, dare we hope, dance? Some of them are amazing dancers, too. Go watch Grant Gustin’s Glee performances again. And Darren Criss can keep up.) Now they’re adding in original songs written by Rachel Bloom, of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Broadway darlings who wrote Dear Evan Hansen, Dogfight, and A Christmas Story, and who have now moved on to Hollywood to write the lyrics for Oscar nominated song City of Stars from La La Land. Can Pasek and Paul go for their EGOT all in one year?

Continue reading

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 2 Episode 12: Is Josh Free in Two Weeks? Recap

cegf212tmiokp

This week, Rebecca goes into full melt down mode as she tries to plan her wedding by herself. She has very little time and no idea what she wants her wedding to be like, other than “normal.” The episode highlights Rebecca and Nathaniel’s unhealthy goals in life. Rebecca needs to feel normal, or at least appear normal, by marrying the normal boy in a normal wedding. Her standard of normal isn’t even well-defined in her own mind, making it impossible to reach. Nathaniel’s standard of manhood is very well defined. He needs to live up to his father’s unrealistic ideals, or die trying.

Rebecca spends the episode on what amounts to random busy work, flailing around in an unorganized way, trying to recreate other people’s weddings. Her disorganization is notable in someone who is known for being a top-notch attorney, which requires a high level of analytical and organizational skill. This is self-sabotage.

Continue reading