Four-time Daytime Emmy winner Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky, General Hospital) has been cast as the pilot for ABC’s new music-based primetime soap opera.
Nashville, a family soap set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene that follows the rise and fall of stars on the music scene. Jackson will play Avery, a “sexy bad boy” musician and aspiring songwriter. He joins Sam Palladio (The Hour) and Clare Bowen (Home & Away) among the recently cast. As reported last month, Oscar winner Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise) is helming the series, from ABC Studios, Lionsgate and Gaylord Entertainment.
Jackson returned to General Hospital in 2009 after a 10 year absence, reprising his role as Lucky Spencer, son of famed super couple Luke and Laura Spencer. The actor would go in to win a Daytime Emmy in 2011 (his fourth overall) for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Unfortunately for his fans, Jackson chose to depart the series last November due to a series of creative differences with show execs.
The series’ pick up is contingent on a co-production deal between ABC Studios and Lionsgate.