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[Warning: This story contain spoilers about Wednesday's episode of Nashville. Read at your own risk!]
Will she or won't she?
Wednesday's episode of Nashville ended with Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) on the fence about her once-steadfast decision to get an abortion. Will she change her mind now that it's more likely that the baby's father is Avery (Jonathan Jackson) and not Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson)?
The fact that Panettiere is pregnant in real life may provide a big, spoilery clue as to the answer — but we're just speculating. For some firsthand scoop, TVGuide.com turned to Jackson to find out whether there's still hope for Avery and Juliette.
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Jackson: Avery's just completely reeling from the news that Juliette cheated on him. It takes people some time to really clear their heads and try to look at something from a more objective place. And whether or not Avery's going to be able to do that, I don't really know. But at least initially, he's just completely heartbroken.
Are you rooting for a reconciliation between them? Do you think Avery and Juliette are good together?
Jackson: Yeah. I've really enjoyed the relationship with Avery and Juliette. I think they're two headstrong characters that can easily clash with different people, and somehow, because of various circumstances and things in their lives, there was something that they brought out in each other that was really good. ... Avery was fairly dysfunctional in his past relationships. Juliette was obviously very dysfunctional in her relationships, and then to see them find each other is a really interesting thing for people to watch, and to have a sense of hope that each of them could find true love. So, that's the devastating part of having the whole thing kind of implode.
If Juliette decides to tell Avery she's pregnant, how do you think he would react to the news?
Jackson: I think it would depend on the way in which it was communicated. I don't know if he'd be angry just by the mere fact of it, but I think the way in which it's communicated to him would matter. He's obviously, as we saw in the first couple episodes, drinking a lot and not in a very stable place, so that doesn't help being able to process life-altering news. He's in a fragile place.
If she had an abortion without telling him, as she's planning to do while thinking it's Jeff's baby, how would that sit with Avery?
Jackson: I don't think that would sit well with him at all. Whatever Avery's faults are, I think that he would have an instinct towards responsibility in this kind of a thing.
We see Avery hooking up with the new waitress at the end of the episode. Is he ready to move on or is he just trying to distract himself at this point?
Jackson: I think it's just coming from his pain, really. I don't think he's in a place of actually wanting to have a relationship with anybody, but I think he's just trying to find ways to dull the pain. ... I think it's going to be a little while before he's actually in a headspace for having a mature relationship.
He tells Juliette that he can't stand the sight of her. Is there any hope for them to reconcile?
Jackson: All that's spoken from pain and drinking and anger. So, I think that's the question, that's the drama — whether or not they'll be able to find a way back to each other. ... But I do know that whatever anger is being spoken or whatever pain he's going through, it's painful because of how much he loves Juliette. Whether or not he can get past that pain or not is yet to be seen, but it's there because of how much he cares about her.
Musically, what's ahead for Avery this season?
Jackson: At this point, he's not focusing on his music career as an artist like he was in Season 1. I think he's just trying to kind of put one foot in front of the other and survive his personal life kind of going up in flames. But there's a couple really great songs coming up. ... I'm always amazed at how they find really great songs that connect with the characters and what they're going through. It's such a cool part of the show, to connect the audience with kind of the soul of the character through music.
You also play in the band Enation. Will any of your original songs be focused in the show?
Jackson: It could be. There aren't any in the works at the moment, but it's always possible. I was grateful to have "The Morning of the Rain," which is a song that I wrote, be in Season 1, which was really fun. But we kind of just take it episode at a time and see if something makes sense, if it fits.
Is it difficult to juggle the band and your role on Nashville?
Jackson: We wrapped Season 2 on a Wednesday and Thursday morning I was in the studio starting work on our album. It's coming out October 14.
Finally, do we get to meet Avery's parents this season?
Jackson: I've heard that rumor too. I haven't actually had [confirmation], but I've heard whisperings.
Nashville airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on ABC. Do you think Juliette will have the baby? And are you rooting for her and Avery to get back together? Sound off in the comments!
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A to Z creator Ben Queen won't share what will happen to Andrew and Zelda after eight months on his new NBC comedy, but he can guarantee one thing.
"I can promise she won't die," Queen tells TVGuide.com. "Cristin [Milioti] is a delight. I want to keep her around."
Milioti — who is "very flattered" by the outrage at her How I Met Your Mother fate — plays Zelda, the "Z" to Andrew's (Ben Feldman) "A" on the comedy (premieres Thursday, 9:30/8:30c). She's a tough-as-nails lawyer who doesn't believe in love. He's a heart-on-his-sleeve hopeless romantic who sings Celine Dion in the car and is convinced that he saw Zelda in a silver dress at a party two years ago. "They will date for eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour," omniscient narrator Katey Sagal tells us. "This television program is the comprehensive account of their relationship from A to Z."
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The almost-too-clever set-up sounds like (500) Days of How I Met Your Mother, which is fine with Queen as a shorthand. "I see the comparisons. I don't mind it," he says. "But I think once we get going on the air, hopefully people will see we're doing a different thing." For one, he declines to confirm if Andrew and Zelda actually break up after eight months, since, say, an engagement technically marks the end of them "dating" too. "(500) Days of Summer, you know it ends badly. It's slightly more cryptic here," he teases. "They could get married, they could get engaged." And secondly, he had never actually seen HIMYM before he wrote and pitched A to Z.
"I have to claim ignorance on this," Queen admits. "I didn't really watch the show before I started writing this. But once I had turned the pilot in and people were mentioning it, I went back and watched a ton of it, and it's a f---ing great show. It's a wonderful show.We hired some of their writers too. There's a similar sensibility, but single-cam is different from multi-cam. There's also a huge difference between when is Ted going to find that girl to the relationship stuff here. Sure, that girl is Cristin, but..."
He continues: "My general feeling was a TV season is all about generating conflict so you can do stories. To me, that aspect from when you meet somebody to the time when you have to make a commitment or break up is fraught with really interesting stories. So it felt like a really good season of television. Naming it after the alphabet seemed like a fun organizational structure. It also felt sweet and perfect for a show."
If you looked up "squee" in the dictionary, there'd probably, or should, be a photo of A to Z. It's cute, quirky, silly, whimsical with the same floating-on-air lightness that comes with falling head over heels in love. That it actually gets the pairing out of the way in the pilot is what Queen, Feldman and Milioti hope sets their self-professed "relationship comedy" — not just romantic comedy — apart from other shows.
"So many shows are will-they-won't-they. Oh, my God, are they gonna get together?'That's sort of the entire series. We're not concerned with that," Feldman says. "We get together in the first episode and it's like, 'OK, this is a relationship and this is what really happens.' It's the work that goes into building a foundation for a relationship. I wasn't super into being in a comedy ... but this felt different and kind of special to the kind of comedy pilots I had been used to reading."
For Milioti — who has never seen (500) Days and ironically did not see the similarities between HIMYM and A to Z until they were pointed out to her — it's Andrew and Zelda's opposing views on fate and romance that attracted her to and what she thinks drives the series.
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"He's very sure of it and she puts a lot of walls up and he's very persistent in knocking them down," she says. "Zelda has some things to hide. You find that out over the season. He's no angel either, to quote Beyonce. I always think it's fascinating to see how two people learn to be a team. It's hard. She's outside of her comfort zone. I do think it could fill HIMYM's void. It's examining a relationship that's in full swing, which I think is an interesting take. It's so wonderful, but it can also be so scary to fall in love and the process of letting each other into each other's lives is not only extremely relatable, but also hilarious."
Things will get hard for Andrew and Zelda "right away," Queen says, but that doesn't mean their honeymoon period will be over. "I've been married 10 years and we have a great relationship, but nothing compares to those first few months," he says. "But that doesn't mean there's no work involved. I've had people say to me, 'If it's really working, it shouldn't be hard.' And I don't think that's true. A true conflict brings growth. The great thing about Ben and Cristin is they're so great together. They're enjoying each other's company and they just fall into that rhythm. It's like you meet someone and you fall together and fit."
Feldman and Milioti's off-the-charts chemistry is so effortless that you're going to 'ship them in real life. They rib each other like an old married couple and are not afraid to air each other's
dirty delicious little secrets. "Cristin has started eating prop food," Feldman reveals. "If there's a scene involving food, she has them hold onto the food and bring it to her later."
"Who told you that? Feldman?" Milioti says. "Yes, I do eat the prop food. The other day, there was a scene where we get Thai takeout, so we had all this delicious Thai food in front of us. ... I don't want it to go to waste, so I asked if I could eat the noodles! Then I hid some of the spring rolls in the pocket of my chair and then someone threw them away, probably because they found food in the pocket of a chair. It wasn't like bouncing around in there. They were wrapped in plastic. ... Our prop lady, Rose, now she always knows to set aside a platter of food. She's like, 'Do you want this on your chair?' ... We had a big scene with a spread of every one of my favorite foods and I got my hands on most of them. "
"Trust me," Queen says, "I know how lucky I am to have found these two."
Neither Feldman nor Milioti know what Queen's plan is for "Z" (each episode is titled after a letter of the alphabet) — and they don't want to. "Listen, I thought we were breaking up!" she says. "From an acting standpoint, it's good not to know." Adds Feldman: "We don't ask. You don't want it to inform you and [to] start playing it. We could break up and next season is Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson playing us. Season 2's gonna be a lot more bleak and dark."
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Queen already has an idea of what Season 2 would look like. And no, McConaughey and Harrelson (and Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell) will not be part of it. "Season 2 would still be about Andrew and Zelda. It will not be another couple," he says. "I like the fun of an audience seeing how it unfolds as one story. I know where I want it go and it's consistent with the tone with the pilot. I cannot promise that I won't cut Ben's nipple off though."
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