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After a long back-and-forth over whether or not Nashville would even have a fifth season, the show is fully reanimated and gaining strength every day.

Deadline reports that Emmy-nominated actor, writer and producer Jen Richards has been added to he cast as Allyson Del Lago, a ‚Äútough but understanding‚ÄĚ physical therapist. Heaven help you if you have a physical therapist who doesn‚Äôt understand. Richard‚Äôs addition to the cast makes her the first out transgender actor to ever appear on CMT, portraying the first transgender character to appear on a CMT show.


You can see Richards in Her Story, which she co-wrote and produced, a six-part series centered on Los Angeles trans women. She’s also the co-producer of the upcoming More Than T and wrote its accompanying Trans 102 series, which she worked on with Transparent director Silas Howard. You also might recognize her as a series regular on I Am Cait.