It was just a few weeks ago that Nashville pulled the plug on one of its most popular characters, Rayna James, leaving Hayden Panettiere as the show’s lead. Twitter was understandably inconsolable, lamenting the character’s loss with memes, sick days, and the like.
Now, CMT is offering up some consolation in the form of a brand new character, and she’s got a famous face you just might recognize: Rachel Bilson.
Marking her big comeback (the OC alum has kept largely out of the limelight sans for a few television appearances since her series, Hart of Dixie, wrapped in 2015, no doubt enjoying time off with daughter Briar Rose), Bilson’s casting was announced this afternoon by the show’s executive producer Marshall Herskovitz.
“We fondly anticipate the second half of the season filled with surprise twists and turns that make Nashville so beloved by fans,” he said in a statement.
Bilson got fans pumped for her appearance with the above shot to Instagram, saying, “Music city, here I come.”
CMT has also tapped Empire’s Kaitlin Doubleday to join its cast, though little is known as of yet about either lady’s new roles.
One thing IS for sure: “This will definitely be a change of pace,” Doubleday wrote of a shot of the show’s now infamous The Bluebird Café.
Bilson’s former co-star, Chris Carmack (who played Luke briefly on The OC), is certainly excited, posting this note of anticipation for their big reunion.
New episodes of the show will begin airing again this summer, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at all the drama that’s yet to come.
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