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'Nashville' actors demoted in shake-up

Powers Boothe and Robert Ray Wisdom reduced to recurring roles

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Sep 17, 2013 1:10PM

'Nashville' '/' ABC

If you felt like you couldn't get enough of Powers Boothe in the first season of ABC's country-music drama "Nashville," you're going to be even more disappointed with Season 2.

 

Boothe, who co-starred as Rayna's (star Connie Britton) power-hungry father, has been demoted on the series. Now, he'll appear on a recurring basis, TVLine reports. This includes an appearance in the second-season debut.

 

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Like Boothe, his "Nashville" co-star Robert Ray Wisdom ("The Wire") has also been reduced to a recurring part. He plays politician Coleman Carlisle. Meanwhile, Chris Carmack , who co-stars as Will, is now a series regular as are Lennon and Maisy Stella. They play Rayna's daughters Maddie and Daphne respectively.  

 

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"Nashville" Season 2 premieres Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.  

20Comments
Sep 20, 2013 6:03AM
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Love the show - The music is great and the three women open opportunities for great music and story lines. Think they should have kept all the characters and see where it would have gone for another year at least.  The kids are wonderful and add so much to the show.   Keep bringing in some Nashville country music stars for cameos.  Loved grumpy papa Powers - give him a story line or a woman - that would do the trick.
Sep 18, 2013 2:27PM
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I like Powers Boothe a lot, will miss seeing him on a regular basis.  The show kind of has too many characters anyway but Lamar is not one I would have cut or demoted.
Sep 17, 2013 6:23PM
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The pedigree of "Nashville," with an Oscar-winning creator and writer who's married to T. Bone Burnett, should ensure that it's a great show, but it not only misses the mark...it SUCKS!!!
Sep 17, 2013 6:10PM
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It's bad luck to change the cast when a show is on top.

 

Sep 17, 2013 5:48PM
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I wish they'd get rid of Connie Britton!
Sep 17, 2013 5:25PM
Sep 17, 2013 5:24PM
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the entire show should be demoted and Powers Boothe should have his own show again! great

 actor! the two no talent woman on that show suck just like Nashville music does now! nothing but pop crap like most music today! just disposable garbage! Johnny Cash would kick all their asses!

Sep 17, 2013 5:20PM
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This is good news. Now they'll have time to continue their research in curing cancer and building the better light bulb.
Sep 17, 2013 5:01PM
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Keep Scarlett and yes more music.....I agree with the politics angle...too much of it......more music....
Sep 17, 2013 4:54PM
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I'm not sure I would miss them too much now. If all they are after is better ratings, why not write in a 3 way with Juliette, Scarlett, and Avery?
Sep 17, 2013 4:36PM
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Hope Kimberly Williams Paisley continues HER role!
Sep 17, 2013 4:27PM
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I'll miss Lamar bitch-slapping Teddy around every other episode ;)
Sep 17, 2013 3:52PM
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The story line with both actors kind of ran it's course. I love the two young singers who play Connie B's daughters. I wish they'd sing on every episode.  The "Will" character was okay; his being gay was a bit of a curve ball.
Sep 17, 2013 3:46PM
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I love it; but inexplicably it isn't that big of a hit unfortunately; it barely got renewed
Sep 17, 2013 3:42PM
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Way to get away from what made  you good.  Yeah, lets feature more of the kids.  That always works in shows.  Oh well.  Ratings aren't everything.  
Sep 17, 2013 3:25PM
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Won't miss that story line at all! The show is better when they concentrate on the music any way! Too much politics in the world already! Music City and especially "Music Row" needs to be music and drama related to the various aspects of aspiring artists and the career dynamics involved in professional music!
Sep 17, 2013 3:12PM
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wont miss them at all.   didnt care for that storyline
Sep 17, 2013 3:11PM
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I love Nashville hope they won't real the show.  Let's not get big headed w/ a hit show.
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