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Connie Britton & Hayden Panettiere WILL Return To Nashville! Get The Exciting Scoop!

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When Nashville was canceled over a month ago, fans held onto hope long enough for CMT and Hulu to come in and save the day — and now they're being rewarded in a BIGGER way!

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!

Related: Nashville Is One Of Several TV Shows That Came Back After Cancellation!

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?!

[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]

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Nashville Loses TWO Series Regulars As It Moves To CMT — But Not Who You'd Expect…

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Not everyone can be as country strong as Rayna and Juliette!

Fans of Nashville have been on a non-stop tractor roller coaster ride of emotions ever since ABC first announced that they had cancelled the down-home drama after four seasons on the air.

Luckily, CMT quickly snatched the Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton star vehicle up — with a little help from a deal with Hulu — and now we're learning more about what to expect from Season 5.

Photo: Nashville & Other Iconic TV Shows That Survived Cancellation!

Many Nashvillians were nervous that Hayden's IRL struggles with postpartum depression were going to force her off the show, but that no longer seems to be the case!

That's because on Wednesday it was reported that while Nashville will be losing

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One Will & Grace Star Just Got Engaged & Another Is Now Single! Can You Guess Which IS Which!?

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With one happy announcement, there's always one sad one!

Two different Will and Grace stars have HUGE changes happening in their lives!

Sean Hayes is officially engaged to his boyfriend of eight years Scott Icenogle! Such exciting news!

But, it turns out that the always fabulous Debra Messing has broken up with her boyfriend of two years, Will Chase!

[ Photos: 17 Former Celebrity Homecoming Queens! ]

Sean's rep confirmed his engagement, saying:

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Perez Reviews: The Mystery Of Edwin Drood

The Mystery Of Edwin Drood is THE MOST FUN we have had in a Broadway theater this season!

We knew nothing about The Mystery Of Edwin Drood other than it was a musical with a stellar cast and we wanted to see the show.

A period piece and a thriller were what we thought we were getting into, but instead we got a slapstick comedy that was experiential AND an experience!

Based on the unfinished Charles Dickens novel, the musical version of the story is inspired by but not a complete retelling. It varies from the book in that the stage show is much more lighthearted. A full-on comedy!

It is like The Pirates Of Penzance meets Victoria/Victoria and Spamalot, except Drood preceded those last two shows.

What makes Drood so great is the comedy and the fun twist that the audience gets to help solve "the mystery". The songs, while not bad, are almost secondary.

In an unusual move, the show was written completely by Rupert Holmes, from music to lyrics to book to even orchestrations. And, little tidbit, Holmes is the dude who wrote and recorded the #1 hit Escape (The Piña Colada Song) in 1979. For Drood, he won multiple Tony Awards when the show debuted in 1985 with Betty Buckley leading the cast as the titular character.

The Roundabout Theater's current production is the first time the show is being revived on Broadway and it featured the most exceptional cast on Broadway at the moment, with the sensational and mega talented Stephanie J. Block as Drood.

Block was splendid - as was almost every other member of the cast.

The most enjoyable, for us, to watch were Andy Karl as Neville Landless, Jim Norton as the Chairman, and Jessie Mueller as Helena Landless - all of whom were so insanely funny and vocally enthralling.

Most exquisite to hear, though, was Betsy Wolfe as Rosa Bud. She has the voice of an angel!

Chita Rivera is an icon, a legend and Broadway royalty, but also the weakest link in Drood. She's 79 years old and BLESS HER for still getting up there and strutting her stuff, but she felt lost in the show. Her voice was fine; it was her character choices and acting that were not up to par with the rest of the cast. Also, it's definitely a bit jarring when you sound like you're from New York when you're supposed to be from England.

And, also, Peter Benson also underwhelmed as the actor who wants to be the star but just isn't good enough. Or, maybe he was really playing the part too well!

So much of Drood's success relies on the performances, and the fact that almost every single actor delivered an A+ performance means the casting folks are really good and the director, Scott Ellis, deserves major congrats.

The rest of the production team did a very fine job, most notably William Ivey Long for the fabulous costumes!

Oh, and to get to see the show at Studio 54 was such a sweet treat! Bonus!

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SMASH Trims Its Fat & Fires FOUR Castmembers!

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Glorious news!

That slimy, lurking, DETESTABLE Ellis (Jaime Cepero) "producer" character will only be returning to SMASH's second season to wrap up his story line.

Thank the television GODS!

AND Karen’s (Katharine McPhee) cheating, depressed lover-boy Dev (Raza Jaffrey) has also been downsized to series unregular, along with Julia’s boring husband Frank (Brian d'Arcy James) and her not-so-secret beau Michael Swift (Will Chase).

Good riddance!

Now new showrunner Josh Safran just needs some power-player leading lads, no more of these weasly, wet types!

But we don’t necessarily want more harda** directors, either…

We're happy with the one we've got!

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Debra Messing Blames Modern Medicine For Split With Hubby!?

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Debra Messing And Will Chase On Smash

That’s a new one!!

Her show Smash is huge right now and she's in a great relationship with co-star Will Chase, but life hasn't always been quite so peachy for Debra Messing.

In a detailed interview with Ladies Home Journal, the re-emerging super-star spoke about divorcing theater guru Daniel Zelman after their two decade relationship fell flat.

Debra suggests modern times are to blame:

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Smash Soundtrack Lands May 1!!!

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All U Broadway Babies better get excited!! The soundtrack to UR favorite new show is about to drop!!

Due May 1, Smash will be available with 13 ah-may-zing tracks — including originals from Tony and Grammy-winning Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman!!

AHH!!! SO EXCITING!!!

OoOoOo… would U like a complete track listing?? CH-CH-Check that out … AFTER THE JUMP

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