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

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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.”

Johnson acknowledged not every viewer sees it that way, especially after Scarlett squandered the opportunity to write a song for Kelly Clarkson because she didn't want to work with ex-boyfriend/songwriting partner Gunnar Scott (Sam Palladio). “Some people are going to hate her for that and feel like she’s ungrateful. Others are going to realize the reality of what one has to do to become a success at that level. It is demanding.”

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