@charles_esten: I took this picture almost 5 years ago on my first day of shooting Nashville with @conniebritton. I was already a fan. Now, after all this time, she’s my friend. And I’m an even bigger fan.
I’m grateful for every scene, and for every song, and I wish her nothing but the very best. ✨ #deaconandrayna
It’s really not fair y’know? I mean, I didn’t get that on the job training most dads get… I wasn’t there for your first skinned knee, or the day you come home from school cryin’ ‘cause somebody said something mean to you. Here’s the thing, as much as we hate this moment, I gotta admit I love bein’ here to have it with you.
1) great fucking music ( “but I don’t like country!!” You don’t have to)
2) fleshed out, 3-dimensional gay character who is not at all a stereotype (there is the stereotypical like coming out thing and being ashamed of who he is thing but I mean he’s like this macho cowboy who doesn’t know shit about fashion or Barbra Streisand. It’s refreshing.)
3) it’s centered around awesome women
4) compelling storylines and relationships
5) yeah okay it’s melodramatic but it’s still really well-written and has amazing characters
6) The cast is actually the kindest, most amazing set of people. Super down to earth. Just great people.
7) you will 100% be noticed by the cast cause it’s a relatively small fandom and most of the stars hadn’t really done anything big until Nashville (obviously Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere are exceptions but I said most)
8) Lennon and Maisy. Just. Watch a video of them singing together. Do it. Now.
9) An entire storyline in season 4 was essentially a fuck you to Fox News and homophobes and it was great and definitely underrated
10) conservatives get angry that a show taking place in the South about their beloved country music would dare to be liberal (and it’s hilarious)
11) Scarlett makes a speech in season 5 that is basically saying: Planned Parenthood is necessary, women have sex too and comprehensive sex ed is incredibly important.
12) “People’s minds change when they stop being afraid”
13) confronts issues of homophobia, mysoginistic justifications of sexual harassment, sexism in general, cultural appropriation, police bias, sex ed, miscarriages, addiction, depression, and much more. But it doesn’t do it in a “what social issue will we tackle this episode?” sort of way.
14) For the Broadway fans: Will Chase, Laura Benanti and Kyle Dean Massey
15) If you’re a musician, this show talks a lot about the music industry. It’s obviously dramatized but it introduced me to the idea of 360 deals and publishing deals and more and it’s really cool actually
16) Most of the actors are musicians themselves and many have their own music you can buy (or are in the process of doing that) and in general it’s actually amazing, like when you hear that an actor made an album your immediate reaction is a justifiable cringe but these guys are ACTUALLY GREAT.
17) We need more people in the fandom. Seriously. I’m afraid it’ll get cancelled again. Also, most of the fandom is middle aged white people and it’s cringey af and we need more cool people to watch this incredible show so that the fandom can be better thanks.
‘Cause I tell you what, I’m pretty angry myself. You go ahead, you express that into what you need to, understand? Yellin’, screamin’, I can take that. Just please don’t shut me out… in the end, I think that’d hurt more than any cancer ever could.
“Every man at some point in his life is gonna lose a battle. He’s gonna fight and he’s gonna lose. But what makes him a man is that in the midst of that battle, he does not lose himself. This game is not over, this battle is not over.”