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published on   October 3, 2020  filed in Grey's Anatomy / News 64 

VARIETY.COM: Over 317 episodes, “Grey’s Anatomy” has tackled everything from mass shootings to plane crashes. But when the writers’ room for the ABC medical drama convened in June, showrunner Krista Vernoff posed a surprising hypothetical for Season 17: What if the show existed in a world without COVID-19?

“I think that people have fatigue of COVID, and I think they turn to our show for relief,” she told them over Zoom.

Then Vernoff challenged the room to change her mind: “Who wants to be brave and convince me that I’m wrong?”

Co-executive producer Lynne E. Litt went first, Vernoff recalled, and said, “’I think it’s the biggest medical story of our lifetimes.’” And then Litt pitched a story. Vernoff said she was also compelled by the doctors on the writing staff: Naser Alazari, who during the show’s hiatus had been working on the frontlines at a clinic, said that as the biggest medical show in the world, “Grey’s Anatomy” had a responsibility to tell the story of COVID-19. According to Vernoff, he said: “’This is the biggest medical story of our lifetime, and it is changing medicine permanently. And we have to tell this story.’”

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published on   August 1, 2018  filed in News 22 

DEADLINE.COM: Nashville’s Chris Carmack is returning to ABC. In his first acting gig since his six-season run on the country music drama series, Carmack has been tapped for a recurring role on the upcoming 15th season of ABC’s venerable medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.

Carmack will play an orthopedic surgeon who comes to work at Grey Sloan Memorial and is known as an “Ortho God.”

Carmack portrayed country crooner Will Lexington on Nashville, which last week wrapped its six-season run. Carmack started as a recurring guest star in Season 1 and quickly was promoted to series regular. Will has became one of the show’s fan favorite characters, breaking ground with the depiction of a gay country artist overcoming stigma and coming out. Nashville started on ABC where it aired for four seasons before moving to CMT. Grey’s producer ABC Studios co-produced the music drama with Lionsgate TV.

Carmack also guest-starred on drama series including NCIS, CSI: NY, Desperate Housewives, Smallville, The O.C. and CSI: Miami. Additionally, he played the lead in The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations for After Dark Films and voiced the role of Garth in the animated Lionsgate feature Alpha and Omega. Carmack is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment and Innovative artists.

The Shonda Rhimes-created Grey’s Anatomy, starring Ellen Pompeo and executive produced/showrun by Krista Vernoff, is now ABC’s longest-running primetime scripted series.



published on   December 5, 2017  filed in Nashville / News 26 

Stars of Lionsgate’s hit television series Nashville are set to play one final time for audiences in England and Scotland during their Farewell UK Tour in April. Launching April 14, 2018 in Birmingham, England, the tour will feature cast members Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Sam Palladio. Tour stops will feature songs from the series as well as artists’ original material and are set to include: Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff and a final show at London’s O2 Arena. All shows go on sale Friday, Dec. 8. Nashville staged sold-out tours in the UK in 2016 and 2017.

“The cast of Nashville have become tremendous ambassadors and representatives of a city that they now love. They carry with them the spirit of the city and its music,” said Steve Buchanan, president, Opry Entertainment. “The 2018 UK Tour will be bittersweet for our cast of amazing actors, singers and songwriters as they share the stage together for one last farewell to the fans.”

The UK shows go on sale Friday, Dec. 8 at 9 A.M. local time. VIP ticket packages are available on all dates. Presale begins Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 9 A.M. local time.

For more information, visit the Opry website.



published on   November 19, 2017  filed in Nashville / News 25 

VARIETY.COM: “Nashville” is coming to an end for the second time.

The country music drama will end after its upcoming sixth season on CMT, Variety has learned.

“All of us on ‘Nashville’ are so incredibly grateful to the show’s fans, who convinced CMT to give us a chance to keep telling the story of these remarkable characters,” said series executive producer Marshall Herskovitz. “And we want to return the favor with a final season that celebrates all the joys and passions, twists and turns — and amazing music! — that made ‘Nashville’ such an exciting journey for the last six years.”

“Nashville” is set against the backdrop of the titular city’s music scene and follows the lives of country music superstars as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. It stars Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Kaitlin Doubleday as Jessie Caine, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad. In addition, Season 6 features Rhiannon Giddens as Hallie Jordan and Cameron Scoggins as Zach Welles in recurring roles. Connie Britton previously starred as Rayna Jaymes but left the show during its fifth season.

The series is executive produced by Herskovitz, Ed Zwick, Steve Buchanan, and Callie Khouri, who created the series. The series is produced by Lionsgate and Opry Entertainment. “Nashville” ranks as the highest-rated and most-watched show in CMT’s history, averaging 2.1 million viewers in Nielsen’s Live+7 ratings.

“Nashville” ran on ABC for its first four seasons before being cancelled in 2016. CMT revived the show for a fifth season, with Season 5 kicking off in January 2017.



published on   June 24, 2017  filed in Nashville / News 24 

The most recent episode of Nashville sees Budweiser celebrating LGBT Pride Month in a groundbreaking way: by signing Will Lexington to appear in a new spot for the brand as “the pinnacle of masculinity.”

In the storyline—which sprung in part from a CMT and Budweiser deal during last year’s upfronts—the show’s openly gay country singer, Will Lexington (played by Chris Carmack), is wooed by Budweiser to become a brand spokesman. In two weeks, he films the commercial, which airs in its entirety on the show.

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