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.