EXCLUSIVE: Nashville Showrunner on Scarlett’s Polarizing Season 2 Journey


Droves of Nashville fans have taken to the internet to vent their frustration with the character of Scarlett O'Connor (Clare Bowen), the country girl who has been gifted with a record deal and seems to hate every second of her success! Is Deacon Claybourne's (Chip Esten) neurotic niece intended to be the new love-to-hate character, now that Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) has seemingly transformed from villainess to a heroine? Showrunner Dee Johnson says no!

“I think we were trying to show the different journeys one takes when one is first trying to have a musical career," explains Johnson. "In our minds, Scarlett was always an artist, a relatively skinless person, and how does that person handle the stress of being out there all the time? It takes a toll and we wanted to show that side of the journey.”