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'Nashville' in concert: On the scene in New York

The first-ever Nashville cast concert tour hit New York City on May 6, with Charles “Chip” Esten (Deacon), Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Sam Palladio (Gunnar), Chris Carmack (Will), Chaley Rose (Zoey), and Will Chase (Luke) in tow. They performed songs heard on the show, as well as originals. In honor of Bowen’s song “Cheap Red Wine,” which will be on the album she’s currently cutting, Mandi Bierly and Samantha Highfill grabbed a couple of glasses after the show and discussed their notes on the set list, Esten’s biceps, and the adorableness that was Chase’s girlfriend, Debra Messing, filming him on her phone from the balcony. READ FULL STORY

'Nashville' joins proud tradition of unorthodox clip shows: 5 more that stand out

So it’s come to this: A Nashville clip show.

Kinda. On Wednesday, instead of another soapy installment of country-fried drama, ABC will air an hourlong “On the Record Music Special” — during which Nashville cast members will “take the stage to perform show favorites then sit down in the Bluebird Café for acoustic performances and an intimate look at the songwriting process with the songwriters themselves.”

In other words, this is Nashville‘s spin on one of television’s oldest, most reliable hole-pluggers and money-savers: the clip show. Like clip shows of old, this one will be centered on previously-seen material (every song to be performed has already appeared on Nashville); unlike, say, that episode of Friends where Ross and Rachel contemplate their relationship on the even of his wedding to Emily, the Nashville special won’t simply intersperse a few new scenes with a bunch of old ones and call it a day. Which got me thinking: Which other series have found ways to invigorate the clip show formula, adhering to its basic rules while presenting something innovative and exciting? The five best answers I could come up with:

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'Nashville' cast is going on tour: Here's what you can expect

It’s official! The stars of Nashville are heading out on their first-ever concert tour. Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, and Chris Carmack are hitting the road on April 25, where they’ll put on their first show in Chicago. From there, the tour will continue to Washington D.C. on May 4, and New York City on May 6. And for NYC fans only, fellow cast member Will Chase will also take the stage. READ FULL STORY

'Star-Crossed' reminds us of pop culture's greatest breakup line: The 'different worlds' excuse

It only took two episodes of Star-Crossed for someone to utter the line we’d all been waiting for (and secretly hoping would kick off the pilot): “We’re from two different worlds.” To be fair, in Star-Crossed‘s case, that is an accurate statement. Emery is from Earth and Roman is from Atria, a planet we know little about other than that it’s dying and yet somehow superior to Mars. Intergalactic drama, amirite?

But in watching Roman pull the “different worlds” card, I couldn’t help but be transported back to the second episode of The O.C. Fans of the show will remember the moment well. It was the first time Ryan and Marissa confessed that they had any sort of feelings for each other. She showed up at the model home on his last night asking to stay, and he told her, “We’re from different worlds.” She tried to deny it, but he followed it up with, “I’m not like you.” Basically, he was comparing her privileged, party-filled upbringing to his grainy, misdemeanor-filled life in Chino.

Long story short, this got me thinking: How many times have I heard some version of this “different worlds” crap, and what does it even mean?! This is what I came up with: READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'The Voice' premieres, 'Scandal' returns, and The Fray's new album hits shelves

Aaaannnd exhale. After weeks of Olympic coverage, it’s just about time to get back to our regularly scheduled programming. My DVR might not be happy about, but I’m over the moon.

This is the week when your favorite shows find their way back to your TV screens. From the long-awaited returns of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy to the season premieres of Dallas and The Voice, it’s hard to go wrong with your television choices. Meanwhile, at the theater, Liam Neeson is heating up the screen, and elsewhere, we’ve found book and album releases that are not to be missed. Basically, you’ve got a lot of work to do this week. Enjoy!

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Pop Culture Pet Peeve: Bad lip-synching

Living in 2014 means I am constantly surrounded by musical TV shows, even when I don’t want to be. It all started with Glee. Then there was Smash, and now I’ve got Nashville. I realize that I could change the channel if I wanted, but what’s the point? Even my non-musical shows have started including musical numbers. For example, I recently started binge-watching Hart of Dixie, and even that show has Scott Porter behind a mic every couple of episodes! The lesson: There’s no escaping the music.

The good news is that it’s not the music that I have a problem with. As much as I enjoy a singing actor or actress, I’m not here to talk about their beautiful (or not-so-great) vocal abilities. If they’re on television — and it’s not a live taping of The Sound of Music — they’re lip-synching. That is where my pet peeve begins.

Just to be clear, I don’t care about the fact that they’re lip-synching. I actually prefer it. I can’t imagine that actors singing live would sound very good, particularly if the song is part of an emotional scene. Nobody’s voice sounds good when they’re crying — what worked for Anne Hathaway won’t work for everyone. I get that, and I’m in full support of actors recording the music beforehand and then lip-synching on the show. However, there are a few people who could really use some help on the latter part of that process.
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Best of 2013: The year's top shipper moments

SPOILER ALERT! Shippers live for the payoff, and in 2013, fans of NCIS, Suits, Castle, Parks and Recreation, and Bones got the ultimate with a goodbye kiss, angry first-time sex in the file room, a proposal, a surprise wedding, and a long-awaited wedding, respectively. (Sorry, Downton Abbey fans, that your Mary and Matthew bliss was so short-lived. Ditto, Sons of Anarchy fans, who watched Tara and Jax finally reconnect, which only made her exit all the more painful.)

For other viewers though, the yearning continues. Here are 10 moments from 2013 that will keep shippers hanging on and tuning in. READ FULL STORY

TV Recap: 'Modern Family,' 'Nashville,' 'American Horror Story: Coven' -- VIDEO

Did you miss Wednesday night’s episodes of Modern Family, Nashville or American Horror Story: Coven? Catch up with our TV Recap video below! READ FULL STORY

'Nashville' midseason finale cliffhanger: Who died?

SPOILER ALERT. Details and terribly tragic screengrabs ahead!

Nashville loves itself a crazy cliffhanger, and we knew that on tonight’s midseason finale, “Tomorrow Never Comes” (full recap here), it’d be goodbye forever to one character. I can now tell y’all that this person is…. READ FULL STORY

'Nashville' lip-lock: Did the show just go full-on soap opera? -- POLL

With T-Bone Burnett leaving Nashville, there has been a lot of talk recently about how the show is walking a fine line between being an insider look at the music industry and being a soap opera. Personally, I would say the show is a good 70 percent music, 30 percent soap, or at least 60-40. In general, I feel like it isn’t too over-the-top, but it does have its moments — See: Peggy’s fake pregnancy, Rayna and Deacon’s car accident, Juliette’s mother’s death (though that sort of worked for me), and almost everything that includes Rayna’s father.

However, when it comes to being really shocking, there are a few surefire ways a show can catch an audience off-guard, including a car accident and/or sudden death. But my favorite way to get a good gasp out of your viewers — just ask The O.C. — is the unexpected girl-on-girl lip-lock. It was even surprising back when Marissa and Alex did it on the beach, and The O.C. never even tried to hide the fact that it was a modern-day soap opera. I didn’t expect it then, and I certainly did not expect it now.
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