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Rachel Bilson and Kaitlin Doubleday Join The Cast Of CMT’s Nashville!

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Following Thursday night’s mid-season finale of Nashville, CMT announced two new major casting acquistions for the back-half of their fifth season.

Coming on to the canvas will be Rachel Bilson, who has had plenty of soap experience on The O.C. and Hart of Dixie, and Kaitlin Doubleday, who was last seen as Rhonda on Empire! 

Nashville will also be a bit of a reunion for Bilson, who worked with Chris Carmack (Will Lexington) on The O.C.

In a statement to CMT.com, executive producer and showrunner, Marshall Herskovitz related: “We welcome Rachel and Kaitlin into our incredibly talented ensemble. We fondly anticipate the second half of the season filled with surprising twists and turns that make Nashville so beloved by the fans.”

Rachel Bilson was most recently seen as Dr. Zoe Hart in The CW’s series Hart of Dixie, a fish-out-of-water story about a New York City doctor adjusting to life in a small Southern town after she inherits a local medical practice. She became an integral part of pop culture due to her series regular role on the popular television show The O.C. for four seasons.

Kaitlin Doubleday gained worldwide recognition portraying Rhonda Lyon on the megahit Empire. At age 17, she made her film debut opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can. Other notable screen credits include the cult classic Waiting, opposite Ryan Reynolds and Anna Farris, and Accepted, opposite Jonah Hill and Justin Long.

In addition, following the mid-season finale, CMT released this promo of clips from upcoming episodes. Watch it after the jump! Then let us know if you think Bilson and Doubleday will be exciting additions to the cast! Comment below.

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  1. rebecca1

    March 11, 2017 at 8:14 am

    After my initial disappointment with the CMT version, I have to say (and have said on previous posts) that the show has really picked up in the last few episodes…it’s been excellent! (I still don’t like Juliette’s newfound gospel/church story, however). Loving all the characters who seem to be back as “themselves”…there is more of that core group togetherness vibe and the emotions have been very true to life.

    I like both actresses they’re adding; curious to see where they fit in…though still miss Luke!

    • JK

      March 12, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      WELL SAID….I AM NOW ENJOYING THE SHOW MORE TOO..AGREE WITH YOU ON THE JULIETTE/CHURCH STORY… LOVING ALL THE CHARACTERS AND ANXIOUS TO SEE WHERE THESE TWO NEW GALS FIT IN…..BRING BACK LUKE!

      • rebecca1

        March 13, 2017 at 8:33 am

        Will Chase (Luke) has a role on the new show Time After Time. Not sure if he’s recurring but he’s the husband of what seems could be an ongoing character (need to catch up on the latest episode…good show!)

        But, as said, getting rid of Will Chase (Luke) was a bad move. Great character!

    • Mollie

      March 14, 2017 at 2:18 am

      I liked Rachel on The O.C. That said, she’s as one-note an actress as I’ve ever seen.

      • rebecca1

        March 14, 2017 at 8:04 am

        I’ve never seen her on anything other than The O.C. and I liked her so, while I’d STILL rather have Will Chase (Luke) back, I’m willing to give her a chance.

  2. sonniorsolita

    March 13, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Boy, they really don’t like Will, do they? He’s never featured in any of the promos. And frankly, he should have one of the most interesting story lines.

    • rebecca1

      March 14, 2017 at 8:03 am

      He’s no longer on the show. His last appearance was just to wrap things up.

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The Lyon family drama lives on!  News today from Michael Thorn, entertainment president for Fox Broadcasting, confirmed that Empire has been officially renewed for its fifth season!

With only four episodes left in its fourth season, and the Upfronts in New York in just a few weeks previewing the  2018-2019 season for advertisers, this was the perfect time to reveal the pick-up for the sudsy musical drama series.

In his statement, Thorn said of the series: “Empire is as compelling, emotional and unpredictable as it ever was. We are so proud of our amazing cast, led by Terrence and Taraji, who deliver powerful performances week after week. We’d also like to thank our tremendous creative team – Lee, Danny, Brett, Ilene, Sanaa, Brian and Francie – whose inspired storytelling continues to create the unforgettable, jaw-dropping OMG moments that have always been signature to Empire.”

Although the once huge Wednesday juggernaut has slid significantly in the ratings in 14 episodes this season, the show is averaging a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.8 million total viewers — down 31% and 24%, respectively from last season, the series is the network’s second most watched in multi-platform viewing, averaging 11.3 million viewers.

There was no confirmation of how many episodes will be ordered for the fifth season of Empire, but it is says to be most likely 18. (more…)

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When the casting news broke that award-winning actress, Alfre Woodard was cast as Taraji P. Henson’s mom on Empire, fans of the series could not wait to see what would go down when Cookie was reunited with her momma!

Now that Empire is back on FOX for its back half of its fourth season, the series put out a teaser video of Woodard’s entrance into the storyline.

In the sneak peek video, Woodard plays Renee Holloway who is trying to reconnect with her daughter after many years.

Can this mother and daughter come to a resolution and move forward in their relationship, or does Renee have alterior motives when it comes to getting her hands on some of the money from the musical empire?

Watch Alfre on Empire after the jump.  Then ket us know, what do you think of the casting of Alfre as Taraji’s on-screen mom? Comment below. (more…)

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OSCARS 2018: Empire’s Taraji P. Henson Clarifies She Was Not Dissing Ryan Seacrest On The Red Carpet!

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When Empire star, Taraji P. Henson (Cookie) took to the 90th Oscars Red Carpet on Sunday, and chatted with E’s Ryan Seacrest, the Twitterverse assumed she had dissed him during their on-camera conversation given the allegations that surfaced from his ex-stylist claiming he subjected her to “years of unwanted sexual aggression.”

E! previously announced that after an independent investigator was hired to look into her claims that they found “insufficient evidence” of any wrongdoing by Seacrest.  The usual Oscars red carpet coverage by Seacrest seemed to be hindered where he was only able to chat with over a dozen people.

When Henson talked with Seacrest she touched him under his chin and said, “You know what? The universe has a way of taking care of the good people. You know what I mean?””  Later Henson clarified that she was actually telling Ryan to keep his chin up when she spoke with PEOPLE.

Taraji revealed she “absolutely” supports Seacrest, adding the touch on the chin was done because: “I did it to keep his chin up. It’s an awkward position to be in. He’s been cleared, but anyone can say anything.”  There was more to the Seacrest and Henson exchange that people didn’t initially see, which ended in a hug.

Adding fuel to the original diss was following her conversation with Seacrest, Henson told ABC’ s Wendi McLendon-Covey, “I’m great now that I’m in your company,”  (more…)

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