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Nashville Showrunner Reveals Avery’s Coming Downfall — Exclusive

Oh, Avery (Jonathan Jackson). Look, brosef, you’re a good-looking kid and all, but lately you’ve become Nashville’s resident douchenozzle and we’re thinking it sucks to be you. But back when Avery was dating Scarlett (Clare Bowen), we didn’t mind him quite so much... at first. Honestly, we don’t know what to do with him in his current incarnation. Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Nashville showrunner Dee Johnson at the 2013 PaleyFest to talk about what they are going to do with Nashville’s second least favorite son (yeah, we see you Teddy).

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In a couple episodes, we’ve seen Avery and Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) bump into one another, and he even had the courage to try and talk to her at a party once. But in Episode 14, “Dear Brother,” he was shut out of Deacon’s party when his status-climbing name failed to make the list for the exclusive star-studded fiesta. But as Avery continues to get more famous, will he and the reigning princess of pop-country cross paths again? “They might,” Dee hints.

We can think of a few scenarios when that would make sense — especially if he finagles his way into closer contact with other people on Juliette’s radar. After Scar and Guns performed at Deacon’s party, we’re thinking that duet may have more interaction with J$ in their own way. So would Avery use Scarlett or try and get back with her to up his name’s power?

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“Avery has had a rapid ascent that now he is struggling with,” Dee explains of his character’s change. “[A]nd so I think we're going to see if he can come back to being the guy that Scarlett might have fallen in love with.” Funny. We were just thinking how weird it was that Scar could have such disparate taste — the self-centered Avery is a far cry from recent hook-up Gunnar McSexysensitivepants.

So, will he remember who he was and become that person worthy of love again? “I think his ego got the better of him in this trajectory and the cold hard world is maybe going to bring him back down to earth,” the showrunner hints mysteriously. Funny, we were just thinking a good ass-kicking might be in store...

Reporting by Lindsey Jordahl

03.14.2013 / 01:29 AM EDT by Julia Wayne
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