R.I.P. Barbara Harris, Oscar-nominated actress and co-founder of Second City

Barbara Harris—whose prolific talents ranged from sketch comedy to Broadway to impersonating a teenaged Jodie Foster—has died. A Tony-winner and film luminary—from an era where movies could get away with titles like the Oscar-nominated Who Is Harry Kellerman And Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? or Oh…

Jen Richards joins CMT’s Nashville as series’ first trans character

Nashville is making the most of its second chance to make a first impression—the country-music drama found a new home at CMT, where its fifth season will debut in January. Virtually all the original cast members are back, including Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, no matter what happened to the latter’s character…

ABC buys multi-generational soap from Nashville producer and former Sony head Amy Pascal

ABC has tapped Nashville producer Taylor Hamra and Pascal Pictures—headed up by former Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal, whose tenure at the studio ended last year in a flurry of hacked emails and Seth Rogen’s old weed funk—for a new multi-generational soap. According to Deadline, the network has offered a script…

Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere aren’t letting Nashville go either

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…

Nashville is probably headed to CMT, which makes sense

It’s not easy finding a new home for a beloved-but-cancelled show. Licensing deals, production contracts, and the endlessly fiddly jigsaw puzzle of matching a series’ built-in audience with a network’s pre-existing demographics: It’s an incredibly complex problem. Unless, apparently, you’re country-music-loving soap…

Nashville producers say 4 or 5 “different parties” want to revive the show

Connie Britton knows a thing or two about switching platforms. Back in 2008, Friday Night Lights jumped from NBC to DirecTV’s 101 Network, where it aired for three more seasons. Now her current show is attempting a similar Hail Mary. According to Variety, there’s still hope that Nashville might return, despite the…