Nashville’s Jonathan Jackson: “I Would Be Open to Doing More on General Hospital”

Jonathan Jackson may be gearing up for a turn in one of the fall's most buzzed about new series, but the multiple Daytime Emmy winner hasn't forgotten where he came from. In an interview with TVLine, the Nashville star says he's still open to returning to General Hospital.

TVLINE | Fans are certainly hoping Nashville does well, but there’s always some hope that you’ll return to General Hospital  Do you ever see yourself heading back to daytime? Or is that door closed?

You know, years ago when I was younger I probably would have made some decisions like that. Nowadays I’ve learned to not plan or strategize as much. Life happens, and you just never know. So for me, everything’s sort of open. I would be open to doing more on General Hospital. I love the people there and I love working with Anthony Geary and Rebecca Herbst and Steve [Burton] and Maurice [Benard] and everybody. GH has a huge part of my heart. Over the years when people leave daytime and they go to primetime or film or whatever, there’s always this sense of [not returning]… I don’t feel that way about it. General Hospital has an incredible group of actors, just amazing. I’ve learned so much working there, so I feel like I’ll always be open to doing that.

In Nashville, Jackson plays the role of Avery, a bad boy indie singer, opposite country pop starlet Juliette Barnes, played by fellow daytime alum Hayden Panettiere (One Life to Live, Guiding Light). Watch the Nashville trailer below!


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17 Responses

  1. Profile photo of soapjunkie88

    First let me say that Jonathan Jackson is a sweetheart. Not forgetting about his roots and making this statement about “GH” … with him you know it comes from his heart.

    I want “Nashville” to be a success. But I also would like for JJ to return to “GH”. I think the new team would do great by writing for Lucky. I really hope that if “Nashville” turns out to be a success and they get a full season, Jonathan considers returning to “GH” after they wrap and is back on-screen for the 50th anniversary. Even if just for a few episodes he should be part of it!

  2. Profile photo of SwanQueen59

    Ditto to what you said soapjunkie88. I mentioned to a couple of friends I’d be curious to see how RC would write for JJ and RH if that was in his plans, especially after Guza and Wolf decimated the characters… 0:)

  3. Profile photo of liason4real

    JJ is probably a nice guy, but NO to his tears and red eyes on GH. RH has spent years dealing with four Lucky’s (JJ, JY, GV and JJ) it’s time for her character to move on and not look back.

  4. Profile photo of JASAMMABBY

    I would love for him to come back and get some good writing…. He must have been exhausted at the enf of this last run. Plus I hate how they just wrote him off and sent him away- his character deserves so much more. I hope his new show has a ton of success..

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    I wish JJ all the best in his new show and I hope it’s a hit, but I could care less if the character of St. Schmucky ever returns to Port Charles. I loved Lucky “the early years”! But the return of JJ’s Lucky was almost as horrible as Brenda’s latest return. So ill conceived and poorly written. The only character to get a bigger whitewash is Sam.

    If JJ does return as Lucky I hope it’s about the Spencers and not Elizabeth. I hope we’ve finally heard the last of the “permanent lock”. Elizabeth should finally be able to move on. Otherwise, the writers better remember that it was Lucky that slept with Elizabeth’s sister, got addicted to drugs, was extremely emotionally abusive to Elizabeth, cheated with Maxie, accused Elizabeth of hurting Jake and ultimately ran out on his own son.

    Best of luck JJ- but I don’t miss the Lucky bus that was used to run over Elizabeth when he was last in town.

  6. Profile photo of mipeony

    I’d love to see JJ back anytime, but only if they would be willing to write a decent storyline for him where he’s not so downtrodden all the time. He’s got a heck of a smile and it would be wonderful to actually be able to see it on GH!!!! Personally I hope Ewen turns out to be working with the Cassadines somehow (after all today’s scenes on GH with Jerry and Ewen were at Wyndemere!!!), but he falls in love with Liz to complicate things fully, and then Lucky comes back to heat things up again!

  7. Profile photo of AHeart4Fiction

    Aww, I <3 JJ and I gave up GH when GW finished butchering Lucky. So I’d be nervous if JJ did return but I’d watch live just b/c he never got a fair shot.

    Oh and I am so going to watch Nashville!

  8. Profile photo of Cyberologist

    Re: Nashville: I wish JJ all the best and this is a winner. First impression? its got my interest his character got a good look (wonder if they’ll have any black folks on it)? Any How…I can do country & western if the writing is good.

    Re: GH: The way the wrote Elizabeth w/Lucky was awful he got the writing so I’m not that jazzed up about a reunion…I was disappointed (according to Jonathan so was he) at them being written to fail (again) w/JJ returning to the role it was a huge disappointment waiting so long then got no payoff just another lousy story. He always gives GH buzz such a sweetheart….

  9. Profile photo of SwanQueen59

    Cyberologist-That’s why I’m interested in what RC would write for him. Maybe he would put them back together, maybe not. But the way they had him book off to Ireland left a great, big gaping hole and a lot of unfinished business. I, for one, am glad that JJ hasn’t completely shut the door to a return, whether a few episodes or a month of work, whatever. But like KMc, what the last regime did to his (and, by extension, RH), character was so not necessary… 0:)

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