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.

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  1. This is fantastic news! Jen Richards shines in her Emmy nominated web series Her Story and I cannot wait to see where her career goes from her. She is super talented!

  2. Ian says:

    Sounds like it could be an amazing storyline with great acting opportunities for both Jen and Hayden. I’m looking forward to it. Nashville should always be about great music, but it should also have meaty material for these great actors and their characters. I hope the writing and direction is better now. Please CMT.

  3. Falcon says:

    Love Jen Richards’ work so far (if you haven’t seen the web series “Her Story”- that she both wrote and co-starred in, you should really check it out…) Very happy to see her success growing!

  4. Mandie says:

    “In addition, Allyson will be the first transgender character to appear on the network.” Nuh-uh. Candis Cayne – herself a transgender actress – previously played a transgender character on ABC’s “Dirty Sexy Money” (unless I made that whole thing up, as I tend to do sometimes). :)

  5. JKR says:

    I haven’t seen Her Story, but she was one of the bright spots of I am Cait. Glad to see her in more things… and kudos to CMT. Awesome news all around.