Pilot Scoop: Hayden Panettiere Joins Nashville, Hellcats Alumna Cast in Fox's Rebounding

Heroes alumna Hayden Panettiere has found a new home in Nashville, ABC’s twang-tinged drama pilot.

Described as a soap set against the backdrop of the country music scene, Nashville centers on two singers: one whose star is falling, the other whose star is on the rise. Panettiere will play the latter, teen sensation Juliette Barnes, Deadline reports. She joins the previously cast Jonathan Jackson and Powers Boothe.

In other pilot casting news:

• Aly Michalka (Hellcats) has joined the uplifting Fox comedy Rebounding, which follows a man recovering from the death of his fiancée with help from his pickup basketball league. The actress will play the girlfriend of one of the team’s members.

• Cosby Show vet Phylicia Rashad will play the powerful, cutting and intimidating Chief of Surgery in NBC’s Jekyll & Hyde-eqsue medical drama Do No Harm.

• Newcomer Saxon Sharbino has nabbed the lead role in Fox’s untitled Karyn Usher drama pilot — to be directed by Brett Ratner — playing an orphaned 14-year-old daughter of a CIA agent who becomes a fledgling covert operative herself. She finds a surrogate father/professional mentor in a rogue agent.

Which pilot castings have your interest piqued?

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10 Comments
  1. Carmichael says:

    *mumbles* Damn you, Nashville, you just made it very hard to not want to watch you

  2. Mike says:

    Damn, why couldn’t she have picked a non terrible sounding pilot.

  3. Mia says:

    How about instead of tuning in for a less than stellar take on the Nashville music scene, we all watch Robert Altman’s cinema masterpiece Nashville (1975).

    I’d take Ronee Blakley over Hayden Panettiere any day.

  4. Renee says:

    I adore Jonathan Jackson and I like Hayden P. so I’ll will be checking this one out.

  5. Jericho says:

    Can Hayden actually sing? Its funny you put the news that Aly Michalka got a gig as a background character in another pilot in the same article as this. I would have thought Aly would have fit better as a “Nashville singer” than Panettiere.

  6. juan says:

    I love Aly Michalka and hopefully she is awesome, cool about Penetttiere too.

  7. Visitor says:

    I Love Hayden! I’m so excited that she’s trying TV again and in a show that involves singing? WIN! I think she has a lovely voice and really hope that this will get picked up.

  8. Busola says:

    Love both hayden and aly…….dis is a must watch……cant wait to see u guys