General Hospital's Jonathan Jackson Cast as a "Sexy, Bad Boy Musician" in ABC's Country Music Soap Pilot!By Jamey Giddens on February 23, 2012
Jonathan Jackson may have spent much of his most recent stint in on General Hospital crying, but in his next acting gig, it looks like he'll be the one breaking hearts. Deadline is reporting Jackson has been cast in Callie Khouri's (Thelma and Louise, Something to Talk About, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood) ABC primetime soap pilot Nashville. The dude who Luke Spencer (Tony Geary) christened "Cowboy," will be playing Avery, a "sexy bad boy musician and aspiring songwriter." READ MORE
News that General Hospital’s Jonathan Jackson would be leaving his role as Lucky Spencer shocked the soap community last week. Now the Emmy winning star is talking about what led to his departure. In an interview with TV Guide, Jackson discusses Lucky and Elizabeth not being put back together and his exhaustion from Lucky’s many emotional scenes.
TV Guide Magazine: What brought you to the decision not to renew your contract? How was your exhaustion manifesting itself?
Jackson: It's an interesting paradox. The storylines don't stay with me in the sense that I feel personally tormented by what my character is going through, but it does take its toll on me physically and emotionally. It's a real energy zapper and there are days when I feel like I have nothing left to give. And in this medium where you're dealing with a pretty insane amount of dialogue, day in, day out, the collision of a heavy workload and increasing exhaustion can make you a little crazy. I love to work hard but I've been at maximum capacity in terms of mental and emotional output for months on end and it has become too difficult. I am extremely thankful that they wanted to give me all those storylines with so much depth, but there's just no balance. Usually, you might get one or maybe two really good and intense story arcs per year. There's usually a cycle to this stuff on soaps. But this has been nonstop. There was just no reprieve. I have a wife and three kids and other things in life I have to think about. I just knew I couldn't sustain the schedule at GH and that kind of emotion for much longer. It was just too intense.
Read the entire interview at TV Guide.
While Jonathan Jackson's departure from General Hospital has been rumored online for weeks, news that the actor actually made the decision to quit has been a shocker for soap fans and the industry. Since the initial report, more deets have come out about what possibly made Jackson decide Port Charles wasn't such a 'Lucky' fictional city to live in anymore.
According to TV Guide's Michael Logan, setsiders claim Jackson "is exhausted from a heavy work schedule and months of a harrowing storylines that have included the death of Lucky's child and the character's addiction to drugs. " Meanwhile, ABC Soaps In Depth is reporting ABC Daytime may be scrambling to convince Jackson to stay. I know, why not hire a new showrunner and head writer? Wendy Riche and Sri Rao, anyone?
SOAPnet is giving a special gift to fans of General Hospital's Lucky Spencer (Jonathan Jackson). On Nov. 25, viewers can tune into "Lucky Friday", a five-hour marathon of episodes featuring Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura's (Genie Francis) first born, starting at 7 pm EST. Check out the details after the jump!
General Hospital star Jonathan Jackson and his Enation bandmates Daniel Sweatt, Richard Jackson, Luke Galeotti and Michael Galeotti (pictured above) unveiled their new billboard in Times Square, on October 11, in New York City. Their album, My Ancient Rebellion, recently cracked the iTunes Top 200 National Alternative Album Chart. For more information on Enation, visit their official website. See more photos from the unveiling after the jump! READ MORE