2014: Best Of TV: ‘Nashville’

Nashville's Will Lexington is all smiles on stage. In his real life, it's another story. (ABC)

Will Lexington, the up and coming country singer on ABC’s “Nashville,” had one hell of a year. Whether you see it as good or bad is a matter of opinion.

Since turning up on the series, we knew Lexington (played by Chris Carmack) was gay but the good looking fella had the hardest time coming to terms with it, especially when country music stardom, which doesn’t have too many out superstars in its midst, was within his grasp. He thought at the time that marrying fellow country singer Layla Grant (Aubrey Peeples) was a wise move but he could only hold up the guise for so long. By the end of the second season, with reality show cameras following the young couple around, Will finally admitted to his young wife (and, really, to himself) that he was gay.

I was on the set of “Nashville” in the city of the same name and grabbed some time on set with both Carmack and Peeples, who previewed what we’d be seeing in the third season.

First up, Carmack gave us a window into Will’s future now that he’d accepted he was gay.

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Peeples explained that things were going to go from bad to worse for Layla as she realized what her marriage was all about.

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The journey up until the recent mid-season finale was a ride of drama as Will kept up his guise while prepping for the debut of his first solo album. Layla, just wanting to be loved, fell into the arms of the dastardly Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson), who may have actually liked her a little bit but ended up breaking her heart, giving her drugs and then she ended up face down in a pool. Her future is uncertain until new episodes air starting February 4th.

But, overall, the show, which had grown tired in season 2 with Will's inability to come out, bounced back by having Will be out now (even though not professionally) and getting pulled into other dramas with his career and his young wife, who wasn't too happy she married a gay dude. Who knows if he'll ever come out publicly but the writers are doing a good job of making it a fun ride no matter where it all leads.

“Nashville” returns with new episodes on February 4th on ABC.¬†

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