Nashville Jen Richards Cast Season 5

Nashville Adds I Am Cait's Jen Richards

A world of hurt is coming one Nashville character’s way. Luckily, Jen Richards will be there to help with the aftermath.

The transgender actress/writer, who appeared on E!’s I Am Cait, will recur in the upcoming fifth season as Allyson Del Lago, CMT announced Tuesday. According to the official character description, Allyson is a “tough but understanding physical therapist” who helps one of the series-regular characters “through one of their most difficult challenges.”

In addition, Allyson will be the first transgender character to appear on the network. Her previous credits include the Web series Her Story.

The former ABC drama also recently cast Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens as the angelically voiced social worker Hanna Lee “Hallie” Jordan.

Nashville will make its CMT debut with a two-hour series premiere on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 9/8c.

Who do you think will need Allyson’s PT skills? Log your guesses in the comments.