Pilot Scoop: GH's Jonathan Jackson Heads to Nashville, Mena Suvari Joins NBC Comedy

Jonathan Jackson has officially rebounded from his recent General Hospital departure with a role on ABC’s musical drama pilot Nashville.

Also among the latest pilot castings: American Horror Story’s Mena Suvari, a My Boys alum and True Blood’s Michael Raymond-James.

Jackson, a four-time Daytime Emmy winner, joins Nashville — which centers on the country music scene and its various denizens — as Avery, a sexy aspiring musician with a bad boy streak. Deadline first reported the scoop.

No stranger to music, Jackson belongs to an indie rock band, Enation, where he handles lead vocals and plays guitar. The former soap stud’s last primetime gig was a recurring role on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

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In other pilot news per our sister site Deadline:

• Mena Suvari (who recently appeared on FX’s American Horror Story) and Kyle Howard (My Boys) have nabbed co-starring gigs in the untitled NBC comedy from former Community scribe Hilary Winston. The project centers on a shy woman who, after a tough breakup, leans on her co-workers — two of which will be played by Suvari and Howard.

• Michael Raymond-James has been cast opposite Titus Welliver in NBC’s Midnight Sun, a thriller that centers on an investigation into mysterious disappearances within a group living on a cult-like commune in Alaska. The alum of Terriers and True Blood will play the local police department’s second-in-command officer.

Which pilot castings have your interest piqued?

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  1. alyssa897 says:

    Ugh, I am so excited! I will watch anything Jonathan Jackson is on! He’s the only reason I was still watching GH with my mom.

  2. Bored says:

    OH HEY. It’s the guy who tried to get it on with Topanga!

  3. damian says:

    Titus Welliver and Michael Raymond-James, it has to be picked up! Even if the show feels like a Happy Town, fate wise.

  4. Renee says:

    YES! I had zero interest in this show, but with JJ in it I will definitely be watching.

  5. Sarah says:

    Man…now I have to watch Nashville! Jonathan Jackson? Singing? Yes please!

  6. lacey says:

    Suddenly I find myself interested in Nashville.

  7. susan says:

    Love JJ so will definately tune into Nashville!