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Queens of country Rayna James and Juliette Barnes will be a part of the new incarnation of Nashville. TV Line reports that both Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere will be back for the fifth season of the show, which got a second life on CMT after ABC canceled it. Not all of Nashville’s stars have opted to follow the soapy drama to basic cable, though—Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples aren’t returning as series regulars. However, Britton and Panettiere will likely be joined by Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, and Clare Bowen, among others.

The news of Panettiere’s return at least in part resolves the cliffhanger the ABC run ended on, in which Juliette’s plane was left in peril. Per TV Line, a happy ending was filmed but never aired.


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