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Will Chase & Aubrey Peeples Won't Be Part Of CMT's Nashville Season 5 Cast!

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Photo: ABC/Getty

Two series regulars from Nashville will no longer be part of the cast now that the music city soap opera has moved to its new home CMT.

According to TV Line, Will Chase (Luke) and Aubrey Peeples (Layla) are out.  But much about their exits makes complete story sense.

Chase’s Luke has not been driving story since he was the man that Rayna (Connie Britton) was going to tie-the-knot with.  And as for Peeples, in the final moments of the ABC cliffhanger for Nashville season 4, Layla’s duplicitious plans game to light to avenge the death of Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson) and destroy Juliette’s (Hayden Panettiere) relationship with Avery (Jonathan Jackson).  Only, it backfired on her!

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Since Nashville has new showrunners, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, other changes could be made.  No word yet on if CMT has signed on the entire main cast to deals for season five, but talks are on-going.

As for Chase and Aubrey Peeples, word is they could return to the series on a guest star basis, pending availability.

Share your thoughts on a Nashville-less Chase and Peeples in the comment section below!

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Disappointed. Loved both those characters and I think they each have interesting stories to expand, continue… Not happy and dreading who else they’ll cut.

Whatever they need to do to survive is welcome with me.

I agree – and their storylines did wrap up…

Sorry to see Will go. I think that’s a mistake because they can always reunite Luke and Rayna. Especially since Deacon is so violent. I don’t think he and Rayna are going to last long anyway.

Very disappointed. about Chase he was one of the most talented members of the cast. Won’t miss Peeples at all.


Must not have had that much of an audience if the show was canceled!
It has a better chance of surviving on CMT because the “numbers game” isn’t as cutthroat.

It actually had over six million viewers

I loved the character of Luke and thought more should have been made of him. Layla was too wimpy and weak.

I agree with you, Karen. I came to like the post-Rayna Will but I am not sure in the crowded cast there was a place for him. I liked Will though. Had hoped Layla would have come into her own after Jeff’s death. Without Juliette front and center in season 4, I thought Layla would step up as a larger-than-life bad girl. They kept her in the shadows. Mr. Chase and Ms. Peeples are great talents and I will miss their music.

Am hoping we will have a frenemy relationship and more scenes with Rayna and Juliette together. They may not like each other but they have to co-exist, much like Viki and Dorian on OLTL! I think the new showrunners will focus on the core family so Rayna and Deacon should be solid. I want to see more businesswoman Rayna. She seemed too sad all last season.

i am thrilled cmt picked up Nashville it is a GREAT series however the last few episodes have been so depressing i am hoping the new writers will find a different direction…some drama is expected and good but lets not depress us totally.

and i forgot to say that luke should stay but layla is a hot mess

Love these two characters. Hate to see them go. Maybe they should create a spin-off series with these two as the main stars. Nashville has and will continue to be great!

Nooooo! Luke is one of my favorite characters.

I did like Luke. As a conflict character Layla worked for me. However, the finale kind of indicated their exits. Luke was thinking of reconciling with his ex wife and Layla was left in the dust after trying and failed to destroy Juliette in Avery’s eyes. It was a dwindling audience why ABC canceled the show. I think with the right advertising for CMT and Hulu viewers will find season 5 to watch. I know I will be watching on Hulu.

Not surprising at all. And of all the characters, these 2 have the least impact. Very large cast, so cuts had to be made especially moving to cable where budget is likely tighter. As for Dianne’s comment – of course it won’t have the audience it had on ABC. It’s moving to cable! That’s a silly comment.

hmmm well these two can sing!! Not a fan of the two lead actresses on the show.. They are good actresses but I fast forward through all of their songs.. Lets limit their singing on the show and keep them in the drama….

The LGBTQ executive producer goes and so does the LGBTQ character and storyline….

Brain fart.. Confused the two characters.

Aubrey Peeples has a great voice! Saw her in concert with Chip Esten last summer. Too bad Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson) was killed off as I loved him and Layla together. Didn’t like his character at first, but when they paired the two of them up, it worked. I hope Aubrey Peeples goes on in the entertainment industry as she is a great singer and great actress. Obviously she played her part well if people don’t like her….she was to be the “bad guy.”

It had a huge audience on ABC and it will be less cost to produce on CMT and since they don’t rely on advertisers they don’t concern themselves with age demographics They’re still getting large contributions from the city Nashville and they’re hoping to add to the audience with their built in country viewers…

Will Chase will be sadly missed. His singing and character

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Jonathan Jackson Reunites with Stars from ‘Nashville’ for New Tour Across the UK

He won five Daytime Emmys as General Hospital’s Lucky Spencer and now actor and musician, Jonathan Jackson is scheduled to head to the United Kingdom this fall, when he reunites with some of the cast of the former ABC primetime music city drama, Nashville.

Jackson shared on his Instagram, “This has been in the works for a while, and I’m thrilled to announce that the NASHVILLE cast and I are reuniting for a special UK tour this October. I’m excited about this!”


On Nashville, Jonathan Jackson starred for six season as Avery Barkley before the series concluded in the summer of 2018, after it moved from ABC to CMT for its final two seasons.

Joining Jonathan on the Nashville reunion tour are his former co-stars Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, and Sam Palladio. The fab four will play shows in Glasgow, Birmingham,  London, and Cardiff, as they tour the UK.

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If you are in the UK and wanted to get your tickets early, the presale is already underway.  The general sale tickets will become available tomorrow on Thursday, March 9, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Go to Gigs and to purchase.

With GH’s 60th anniversary just a few weeks away, do you wish somehow Jonathan Jackson was brought back just for even a little while to reprise his role as Lucky? Would you like to see the ‘Nashville’ tour here in the states? Comment below.


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GL and ‘Nashville’ Alum Hayden Panettiere Loses Her Younger Brother Jansen at 28-Years-Old

Just devastating news to report on Monday evening.  Hayden Panettiere’s (ex-Lizzie, Guiding Light, ex-Juliette, Nashville) younger brother Jansen Panettiere has died at only 28-years-old.

According to TMZ,  Jansen died over the weekend in New York.  His cause of death is not available, but there was no foul play suspected in Jansen’s death.  Police responded to a call and came to a residence at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday where they found Jansen.

As with his sister, Jansen was deep into his acting career and was only five years younger than Hayden.

Throughout his career he appeared in Even Stevens, The X’sTiger CruiseRacing StripesThe Martial Arts Kid, The Walking Dead, Major Crimes, and the holiday film Love and Love Not.

Less than 3 weeks ago, Jansen shared an adorable picture on his Instagram with his hair being cut by his big sister, Hayden.

Jansen is survived by Hayden and their parents, Lesley Vogel and Skip Panettiere.

Send your love and condolences to Hayden and her family on the sudden passing of Jansen via the comment section below.

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Ex-Nashville and GL’s Hayden Panettiere’s Boyfriend Arrested After Allegedly Punching Her

More upsetting news involving former ABC and CMT’s Nashville star (Ex-Juliette Barnes), Hayden Panettiere.  According to various reports, the actress was punched by her boyfriend Brian Hickerson with a closed fist in an incident that occurred in Wyoming, over the Valentine’s Day weekend.  He was arrested around 2:30am on February 14th.

According to TMZ: the police report said that Hayden revealed that she and Brian were in their bedroom when he started throwing her around and punched her.  The Teton County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a disturbance at a private residence. That caller said an intoxicated male was locked out of the home because he punched his girlfriend in the face.

Pantierre’s face was red and swollen, and she also had a scrape and swelling on her left hand; which she believed came from Hickerson’s watch during the altercation.  Deputies then decided to book Hickerson for domestic battery. He was also hit with a second charge of interfering with a police officer for allegedly refusing to identify himself.

Things looked like they had taken a turn for the better before the incident, noting that the couple moved past another altercation previously from 2019.  That case was dismissed, although he has left red marks on Pantierre’s body, because they could not find a “material witness”.

Hayden and Brian have been dating since 2018.  Daytime fans remember first seeing Hayden as a young Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light.  She played Juliette on Nashville from 2012-2018.

So what do you think about the latest incident involving Hayden? Comment below.

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