If this is true, it is absolutely crazy!
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It's about time!
On Tuesday, word broke out that transgender actress Jen Richards has been cast in a recurring role on the upcoming fifth season of Nashville on CMT!
Richards will play Allyson Del Lago, a physical therapist who assists one of the series regulars. This is CMT's first transgender character, and the first time they will feature an openly transgender actor.
If you think you've seen the actress/writer/producer before, you have! Not only did she appear on Caitlyn Jenner's now-cancelled reality TV show I Am Cait, she made headlines when she criticized Mark Ruffalo's film Anything for having a cisgender actor (Matt Bomer) play someone trans.
Season five of Nashville begins January 5.
We are so proud of Jen, and we can't wait to see more trans visibility on television!
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This is definitely NOT music to our ears!
ABC shocked fans at the end of the 2015-2016 season when it announced that it was cancelling Nashville after four years on the air.
Lead actors Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples already quit the show in preparation for the big move, but now we're hearing that Rayna herself may only appear in about half of the upcoming fifth season!
Apparently, Connie has only signed on for ten episodes of the 22-episode order, although production is reportedly hoping they can convince her to stay on full-time.
But it's not all bad news — CMT also announced on Wednesday that you can expect Nashville to premiere on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at 9 p.m. EST, which means only 4.5 months to go before we get to indulge in more country craziness!
Would U watch a season of Nashville without Connie Britton??
Hayden Panettiere is looking happy and healthy!
As you're probably familiar, the 26-year-old actress "took time to reflect holistically" on her health since suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter in December of 2014. She shares baby girl Kaya with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko.
On Wednesday, the Nashville star looked summer chic as she strolled through the Big Apple with a book in hand and a smile on her face next to her daddio, Skip.
The beauty had her platinum blonde locks pulled back as she paired a floral kimono with jeans, a t-shirt, and fringe boots. Cute!
We loves seeing her enjoying herself as she seems to be putting her best foot forward!
Rooting for you, Hayds!
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Hayden Panettiere has some serious doggy drama!
On Thursday, it was revealed that the Nashville star is being sued by a dog sitter, named Tia Brooks, who claims the blonde beauty owes more than $8,500 in unpaid services. Uh oh!
But don't get too concerned for Miz Panettiere as she has since clapped back by accusing the pet professional of grossly over billing her — even after she gave away the pups. Confused? Don't worry we'll break down the drama for you!
According to TMZ, Hayden rescued two dogs, a Rottweiler/Lab mix named Zander and a Lab/Pit Bull mix named Xena. However, it seems the 26-year-old didn't have any intention to keep the dogs as she hired Tia to
Hayden Panettiere is speaking out!
The 26-year-old shared a new family pic starring her fiancé and their daughter, Kaya Evdokia, writing:
On Monday, the Nashville star was spotted for the first time since that admission. The blonde beauty was snapped reading Underboss: Sammy The Bull Gravano's Story of Life in the Mafia while sitting on a NYC stoop smoking a cigarette. While this scene isn't necessarily an odd one, we feel we should point out that the 26-year-old wasn't wearing her engagement ring from fiancé Wladimir Klitschko.
As you may recall, Hayden and Wladimir first started dating back in
Earlier this week, there was a bit of a scare when it was announced that Will Chase and Aubrey Peeple would no longer be on the show — would the two leads Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere be back?
Well, wait no more, Nashvillians! Sources close to the hit musical show told Variety that Connie and Hayden are both set to return for the fifth season — along with the rest of the original cast!
Aside from Britton and Panettiere, that would include Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella, and Chris Carmack all coming back as series regulars.
Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz have been named showrunners for season five — though there aren't a whole lot of other details.
Honestly, we're just happy our two favorite country singing ladies are back for an encore!
Do you think Nashville would have survived without Connie and Hayden?!
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