The June/July Edition

Callie Khouri Headlined a Great Script-Com Event

SCRIPT-COM CALLIE MUGIf you followed the off-screen soap opera concerning the fate of the “Nashville” television show, you know that the music-themed drama was canceled by ABC, then a fifth season was soon picked up by CMT and Hulu.

That’s about all we know at this point, but perhaps “Nashville” creator / producer / director Callie Khouri will reveal a few details when she headlines the Script-Com 2016 screenwriters symposium on Saturday, June 25, at Lipscomb University’s Shamblin Theater. It runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Callie is one of five speakers at this year’s event hosted by the Tennessee Screenwriting Association (of which I am a member) in conjunction with Film-Com and Lipscomb University. The cost is just $25 and you can register at the door, starting at 9:30 a.m. Click here for more information and speaker bios. Other panelists include Oscar Turner, Brian Herskowitz, Adam Londy and Todd Remis.

Many of you know this, but I was an extra on “Nashville” for all four seasons, and I have written often about my experiences on the show. In the May 27 edition of The Ledger, I wrote about the show’s cancellation and how it affected some of my fellow background actors. Click here to read their remembrances.

Reaction to the “Nashville” cancellation was swift and sometimes harsh – from fans to state and local officials. Spurred by cast members, more than 100,000 loyal followers from around the globe signed online petitions to save the show, and several networks listened. CMT and production company Lionsgate eventually reached an agreement, the full cast is returning and everybody’s happy.

Filming of the fifth season will probably begin in late July, though I haven’t heard anything official. Air dates have not been announced.

Looking back: I had a great time in Indianapolis over the Memorial Day weekend, attending my first Indianapolis 500, doing a Vendetta Stone book signing at Indy Reads Books and visiting the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.I also attended a meeting of the Speed City Sisters in Crime chapter.

Looking ahead: I will be at Killer Nashville Aug. 18-21. The guests of honor are Janet Evanovich and Kevin O’Brien while Robert J. Randisi will be the 2016 John Seigenthaler Legends recipient.

As always, thanks for reading.

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