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

TVLine logo TVLine 12/17/2016 Kimberly Roots
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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.”

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