Nashville Will Sexuality Gay Season 5

Nashville Boss: Will 'Is Not Defined By His Sexuality' in Season 5

In his short time on Nashville, Will Lexington has been a closeted gay male, a conflicted gay country musician and a proud crusader for gay acceptance.

Now, executive producer Marshall Herskovitz says, a “great story line” in Season 5 will allow Will to do something for the first time in series history: He’ll just be a character like all the others.

“We’re very sensitive to the fact that Will is a human being first, a musician second. He’s not defined by his sexuality, just like no one else is defined by their sexuality,” the EP previews.

Longtime viewers will recall that, after it became clear that Chris Carmack’s alter ego was attracted to men, his storylines tended to center on that fact at the expense of most other character attributes. Will snuck around with various guys, engaged in a sham marriage, finally came out to his friends, fought his disapproving parents, fended off the advances of an on-the-downlow older country artist, fell in love with a fellow male songwriter and eventually held a press conference to announce his sexuality to the world… then had to fight to find a label willing to promote an openly gay country artist.

Herskovitz praises Carmack’s portrayal of the beleaguered character, saying, “I find him to be an amazing performer, a wonderful actor, and we’re trying to serve his character, that’s all.” Beyond that, the EP doesn’t offer specifics, saying that he doesn’t want to spoil what’s ahead in the new season, which officially gets underway on CMT on Thursday, Jan. 5 (9/8c). However, he acknowledges that previous seasons have focused too much on whom Will loves —”but that’s not the direction we’re going.”

How do you feel about this new direction for Nashville‘s Will? Sound off in the comments!

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33 Comments
  1. Will’s story was so ridiculously stereotypical it made it hard to appreciate the character. So I’m really excited to see more of Will outside of being the “token gay man in a very not-gay-friendly-world”. The premiere preview was extremely good and looks very promising overall. Really enjoying seeing the actors actually having time to act in every scene and draw the viewer in emotionally.

    • Ben says:

      +1. The character used to be a PC statement each season more and more stereotypical. Let see if they can improve it puting some realism instead. The show jump to soon to the A-list celebrity problems IMO… It’s like they are selling the forced struggles of rich liberal people for soo long that now everything feels shallow.

      • Tim Church says:

        I disagree regarding “jump to(o) soon to the A-list celebrity problems”. If anything, they were doing the next-best thing to “give the people what they want”, by which I mean reflecting the reality of what their viewers have/had created. Will & his then-wife became reality-show stars before either had sold a single to a non-relative, & our President when the next season truly premieres will be a former reality star.

        Don’t hate on what the society to which you belong helped to produce.

  2. Betsy says:

    Translation: We’re on CMT, so we need to tone down the gay stuff.

  3. Kat says:

    Finally. His previous storylines as they related to the county music community were outlandish and unrealistic.

  4. Chris says:

    I always cringe when a straight producer/writer says that a gay character is not defined by his/her sexuality. That’s usually code for two things: we’re downplaying the gay angle and/or the gay character will have straight sex. Just once I’d like to see a producer say, “This is not defined by his heterosexuality so we will tell other stories.”

    • Chris says:

      Ugh. I hate hitting reply before rereading. It should read, “This character is not defined by his heterosexuality so we will tell other stories.”
      Reply

    • Pete Wilson says:

      There is a difference between defined by and having, even if you can’t see it. Can you name a Will story line not involving his sexual orientation? How about every other character?

      • Kathy says:

        Let’s take a closer look at your arguement, shall we Pete?

        The straight characters had love triangles, cheating hearts and one-night stands, they had unrequited love, revenge sex and regret sex. The primary story line was about the romance of Rayna and Deacon, another main story line was about Juliette and Avery (and Juliette and almost every other male character on the show). We had the romance between Scarlett and Avery and Scarlett and Gunnar. We even had Maddie and Colt!

        The difference was that they were straight characters. They were still ‘defined’ by their sexuality. The story lines were still about their sexual orientation. Even if you can’t see it. (and even if that reality makes you uncomfortable).

        • Matt says:

          What Kathy said.

          It’s hard to avoid reading between the lines here and questioning whether or not Will is going to be all but neutered in the upcoming season, so as not to offend delicate sensibilities.

          While other straight characters will presumably have their relationship drama going every which way, “that’s not the direction we’re going [with Will]” reads to me like there will certainly be some level of “straightwashing” Will and his character.

  5. Ian says:

    Anyone that can use google already knows what they’re doing with Will this season. TvGuide already broke this.
    Spoilers: Herskovitz is a liar and Will ruins the best thing that’s ever happened to him.
    Kevin can do better, and so can I with my time. I will never watch this show again.

  6. ChrisGa says:

    “In his short time on Nashville….” say what? Carmack debuted in the second half of Season One. So he’s been on about a half/two-thirds of a season less than everybody else. Jeez…

  7. dave says:

    Well, I presume every heterosexual character will not be defined by their sexuality too. I look forward to seeing no-one in any relationship on the show at all.

    • melaniedhi says:

      I really hope what this means is that he’ll still be with Kevin, is now confortable with whom he is and do awesome music, while cuddling with Kevin time-to-time like every character get their cute love

  8. MLD says:

    We’ll see…as a gay man I am also more than my sexual preference but this better not be code for toning this down for CMT to appease those disagreeing with an LGBT lifestyle. I would like to see him in a loving gay relationship with a partner who is featured prominently in his storyline, dealing with life’s issues like any other character.

  9. Matthew Lawler says:

    Sounds to me like CMT is uncomfortable with the show featuring it out and proud gay male so they’re toning down his sexuality The smacks of homophobia basically they’re saying is that we’re going to have a gay character but we’re going to ignore the fact that he’s gay

    • Pete Wilson says:

      Or perhaps you have a biased position? How about no other characters story lines weren’t exclusively about their sexuality so perhaps stop treating Will as an exception?

      • Eric says:

        Everyones stories (I’m talking straight people) are pushed by their sexuality. Who am I seeing, who am I sleeping with… Why aren’t they calling me, etc…
        This reeks of CMT wanting to tone down the gay on Nashville & make him like “every other character” so he’s basically not gay anymore in the eyes of the viewers.
        If you don’t see how disturbing this is… I feel sorry for you

        • s says:

          Or maybe they wanted to tone it down so that the focus won’t be on the fact that the character is gay?
          “We’re very sensitive to the fact that Will is a human being first, a musician second. He’s not defined by his sexuality, just like no one else is defined by their sexuality,”
          Note “human being first” and “just like no one else is defined by their sexuality”.

  10. Claire says:

    I think we need to give CMT the benefit of the doubt here. The one longstanding complaint I have with Will’s story is that he is The Gay Character instead of a character who happens to be gay. Storylines about him finding love and being in a relationship are interesting, but we’ve been watching him struggle with acceptance in the community since the beginning.
    It’s time to build up who he is outside of his romantic relationships. I want to see him experience success and happiness (and conflict) that is about more than who he decides to sleep with. I’d like to see him in a healthy relationship, but also in a central storyline where he has more to do than he has in the past.

    • Isobel says:

      yeah hopefully he and Kevin continue to stay together and the focus is on their careers or other issues to make up storylines

    • Lorna wolbert says:

      Agreed. He is talented and kind. I hope he finds an amazing , but he deserves success. Would love tobsee him adopt.

  11. ToyCannon says:

    I am seeing quite a mix message here, First, the new show runners state that the reboot will feature a slower pace with more development in the characters’ relationships. Now, we are hearing Will won’t be defined by his “gayness” which pretty much takes any relationships for him off the table. Seems like we are going back in time to the days of “Dynasty”, “Melrose Place” and “Soap” where the gay characters stopped being gay as their series progressed. That’s too bad. I am staring to see why Connie Britton wants out.

  12. Lorna wolbert says:

    Ummm….short time? He has been on for most of the series. And glad to hear this. His pain and struggle has been heartbreaking to watch. That said, bring back Kevin.

  13. Steve Shaw says:

    Although WILL should not be completely defined by his sexuality; The real world and much of the CW community WOULD target his sexuality. “What’s wrong with you man? Don’t you know he’s gay? Don’t tell me you like him”. I hope you can show his struggle to keep his faith, and devote at least “SOME” time to show the masses it is NOT an issue. They DO THINK IT IS…. although in the public forums most will deny it. Thank you for any consideration.