Nashville Season 5

Nashville Books Legends of Tomorrow Alum in Major Season 5 Recurring Role

Nashville is adding some much-needed diversity to its Season 5 set list, casting Legends of Tomorrow grad Joseph David-Jones in a major recurring role, TVLine has learned exclusively.

David-Jones (aka Connor Hawke/Green Arrow on Legends) will play Clay, a creative, self-aware and highly motivated up-and-coming musician who suffers intense mood swings, but is nonetheless charming and outgoing. His musical style is modern/eclectic, with nods to roots African-American music, bluegrass, and even classic country. His casting resulted from a nationwide search that included auditions in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville.

The cancelled ABC country-music drama will make its CMT debut with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, January 5, at 9/8c (episodes will be available to stream on Hulu the next day).

As previously reported, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz (thirtysomething) have taken over as showrunners on the Lionsgate-produced series; Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and many of their castmates are confirmed to return, though rumors abound that star Connie Britton will leave the series after she appears in 10 of the upcoming 22 episodes (Britton addressed said speculation earlier this month at the Emmy Awards).

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  1. Jason says:

    He’ll bring much needed diversity to that entire network.

  2. Tedi says:

    Truly appreciate that of the 5 casting announcements that have been put out, only one has been for a (presumably) straight white male! This is fantastic. Looking forward to all the diverse, mature stories that are going to be told. Really looking forward to Nashville on CMT

  3. Boiler says:

    Sort of cringe at new characters as had too many already

  4. tjchurch2001 says:

    The only person I think of when I see him is the African-American character (name escapes me) who plays, sings, & travels with Clooney’s group early in “Oh Brother,…”.

  5. mickey says:

    Never heard of this guy before Nashville but wow is he terrific. Nashville has been even better since being on the CMT channel than it was on ABC.