Nashville is back y'all, that's no secret. But exactly who is coming back to the series when it makes its move from ABC to CMT has been the question.
CMT declined to comment on casting rumors, but it seems like Connie Brittonthat's Rayna James to Nashville fans—will be missing from a large chunk of the upcoming 22-episode fifth season. According to EW, as of now Britton has only signed on for 10 episodes out of the 22. However, Hayden Panettiere will be around for the whole thing. Britton publicly stated she would be back on the series…but she never said for how long.
When CMT announced it was picking up the ABC drama, it didn't reveal who would be moving along with the show. Shortly after it was saved, Will Chase and Audrey Peeples' exits were announced.
But here's the thing—although it would be sad, Nashville can totally survive without Rayna around all the time. The show has always been an ensemble drama, centered around Britton's Rayna and Panettiere's Juliette. We've grown to love many of the supporting characters, and the show has even proven that it can survive without one of its leading ladies as Panettiere took an extended absence to seek treatment for postpartum depression. Juliette was spoken about frequently but not seen, making her return to the series that much sweeter.