Nashville Scoop: Oliver Hudson Joins Season 2 Cast -- Will He Make Beautiful Music With Rayna?

Oliver Hudson NashvilleDeacon, meet your competition.

Rules of Engagement‘s Oliver Hudson is making his way to Nashville this fall as a recurring love interest for Connie Britton’s Rayna, TVLine has learned.

According to sources, Hudson will play a charming, audacious, take-no-prisoners businessman who promises to “shake things up in Nashville.”

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Nashville‘s second season, set to premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 25, will show us the aftermath of Rayna and Deacon’s car accident, then will move ahead several weeks. The near-death experience sends Rayna’s album sales soaring, making her the apple in the eye of her label’s new top exec (Hudson).

Hudson is the ABC drama’s second new Season 2 hire, joining Chaley Rose as Scarlett’s longtime BFF.

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53 Comments
  1. Laura says:

    I was rooting for Deacon and Rayna all through season 1, but I never believed they’d be a couple, at least not now, and especially not after that accident. I’m just glad a new (attractive) love interest is being introduced. I don’t want her to go back to Teddy!

    I hope Liam comes back, too, and is willing to be Rayna’s friend. He was hot!

  2. Kaelsma says:

    That is a HORRIBLE picture of Oliver Hudson!

  3. sccates says:

    Always thought he looked a lot like Deacon.

  4. Michelle says:

    Woot! Love Oliver!

    • lorna says:

      SO excited. Adored him since Dawson’s Creek, and was pleasantly surprised to see him in Grownups 2. Excited!! All this Man Candy on the show, it’ll be like porn.

  5. Gech says:

    Uhm, he looks exactly like Deacon. She needs to break from type

  6. sarah says:

    I love Oliver Hudson! I like Nashville and this news just makes the show that much better!

  7. So weird to see this news just as I’m watching Rules of Engagement (I love Oliver in there). Can’t wait to see him on Nashville!

  8. nunya says:

    He can’t act.

    • Riana says:

      People said the same thing about Chip

    • Maggie says:

      I agree nunya. Hudson is a terrible actor. But he’s very attractive, which seems to matter more in Hollywood. He and his sister Kate also have connections that help a lot.

    • april-ann says:

      Let’s give him a chance. The Emmys crown so many who can’t act. This is tv not stage.

    • Mel says:

      I’ve only seen Oliver in R of E as a dumb guy. I am anxious to see what else he can do. Glad he’s got work after the travesty of the Rules cancellation. Boo CBS.

  9. Zach says:

    Oliver Hudson was hilarious on RoE. While I’m glad he is trying a different type of show/character, I am disappointed I won’t be seeing him in a comedy.

  10. peggy says:

    Please don’t mess with Rayna and Deacon,their the reason i watch the show!!!!

  11. Caroline says:

    WHAT, Rayna and Deacon aren’t staying together :( I don’t want to see her with anyone else. So excited for the new season to start!

    • JayJay says:

      I’m with you, but doesn’t this imply that Deacon dies in the crash? We now know that Reyna didn’t. Is it believable that they BOTH survive? I hope so but I’m not sure.

      • Leslie says:

        Yes drama shows tend to when there is an accident like this kill off one of the characters but there is a season 2 teaser on youtube that Rayna is in a coma and Deacon is alive as well. Deacon is asking if she is going to die and it appears he is talking to Coleman and is probably back in rehab. It is plausible that Deacon was unijured in the accident

    • I laster says:

      Please,please keep deacon and rayna together. I was hoping. That she was pregnant with deacon,s child. Deacon needs a break and some happiness. Great actor.

  12. Jason Paul says:

    Wait, is Rules of Engagement cancelled? It was just getting good.

  13. Paula says:

    LOVE “Nashville!!” …. I just hope Deacon didn’t get killed in the accident!! I’m ok with an old flame coming into the picture.. BUT PLEASE DON’T KILL OFF DEACON!!! I had heard a rumor “someone wasn’t coming back”. Chip is an awesome actor!!!

  14. Vanessa says:

    I didn’t expect Deacon and Rayna to get together now after that accident but I’m pretty sure they’ll end up together for good sooner or later because, let’s face it, they belong together and they always have – no matter what new ‘love interest’ either of them is going to have next season. I hope Liam comes back again though. He’s such a good guy and a great friend to Rayna.

  15. Miranda says:

    Oliver Hudson, seriously? No offence but surely they could attract a bigger name than that. What’s Michael Ealy up to these days?

  16. Emma says:

    All I want is Liam coming back and finally having a fling with Rayna!

  17. Becky says:

    I love Oliver Hudson. I watch reruns of Rules of Engagement every day ..he is funny and handsome. He does his family proud.

  18. Alisa says:

    I’m so super excited about this! I loved Oliver on Dawson’s Creek, and think he will have great chemistry with Connie!

  19. Sarah says:

    Whatever u do, do not make the same mistake other shows have in the past. Deacon and Rayna belong together and Deacon needs to man up and take responsibility now that he has a kid to deal with. It makes things interesting when new people come into the picture but in the end don’t leave fans disappointed. We have had enough of the Brenda and the Brooke’s losing the guy to the blonde sluts!

  20. Gayle says:

    They are going to ruin this show.

  21. shar says:

    No, No, No!!!! Rayna and Deacon belong together. Why can’t they be together and try and mend their relationship and actually be happy.

  22. Emma says:

    Seriously?! How many different love interests does Rayna need??

  23. Dorothy says:

    Oh no!!! Rayna and Deacon belong together because they love each other to much to stay apart😍😍😍I guess it is good to have competition so that they both realize they need each other especially that Deacon knows Maddie is his daughter and that is what he always wanted with Rayna.Deacon and Rayna forever always!!!!!!!!!😘😘😘😘

  24. Michael Lawter says:

    They are about to make Rayna look like a bigger slut than her nemesis Juliette. Seems Juliette is maturing and maybe cleaning up her act while Rayna is fallin – no, jumping, off her throne! The show has been great for new music coming from Scarlett, Juliette, Rayna and their guys. Keep the emphasis on showcasing really interesting new music and let the soap opera affairs fill in the background. Let’s face it, only Deacon is a really strong character on the show and no character is stronger than the new music.

  25. Miranda says:

    As much as most viewers would love to see Rayna and Deacon find happiness together forever, there won’t be much of a show left if their romantic drama is settled so quickly and smoothly.
    And from what we saw in the finale, they are nowhere near the kind of bliss shippers are hoping for.

  26. Kaycee says:

    LOVE Nashville and love the music they are playing by all of them. I would very much love to see Rayna and Decon reconnect but if they did then there goes the story line so I’m guessing we won’t be seeing that happen. They could sneak in a steamy love making session between the two every now and then just to keep us happy – those of us who’d like to see them together.

  27. Can’t wait for season 2. I love Rayna with Deacon, but he acted very immaturely in the last season, resulting Rayna to be in a life/death situation. Now Liam, the more I watch the reruns, he’s the one she needs, however, Rayna & Deacon, sort of belong together, wish they weren’t bringing in a new love interest for her, he looks 15 years younger than her. Oh well, can’t wait for 9pm CST September 25,

  28. Miranda says:

    It’s not exactly ‘meant to be’ but I think Rayna also has CRAZY HOT chemistry with Liam McGuiness and I just want him back in the next season more than anything.

  29. Gloria says:

    What’s with the commentary? I think most of us are able to figure out what’s taking place.

  30. Dorothy says:

    Rayan and Deacon belong together everyone should mind there business, they all tried to keep them apart, there love is so strong,hopefully everything will work out .Deacon and Rayna forever.

    • Susan Weidner says:

      Rayna & Deacon are the two best characters on the show. She loves him. He loves her. So don’t go ruining the show by hooking her up with a new man. Without Rayna and Deacon together, there may as well not be a Nashville.

  31. mark skeen says:

    Mr. Hudson was good on Rules of Engagement so looking forward to seeing him on Nashville. We watch it here every Wednesday.

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