Nashvilel Bridgit Mendler

TVLine Items: Undateable Star Joins Nashville, Evil Dead Renewed and More

Nashville has tapped singer-actress Bridgit Mendler (Undateable, Good Luck Charlie) to recur during Season 5 of the ABC-turned-CMT drama as Ashley Wilkenson, an internet sensation who is about to record her first album, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Ashley is described as extremely talented, sexy, self-assured and stubborn, with a well of hidden vulnerability.

Nashville debuts on CMT with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9/8c.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Ash vs. Evil Dead has been renewed for a 10-episode third season at Starz.

* Comedy Central has picked up @Midnight With Chris Hardwick for a fourth season.

* Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) and Jessica Lowndes (90210) have booked guest roles on BBC America’s upcoming series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (premiering Oct. 22), per Deadline.

* Peter Gallagher (Covert Affairs, The O.C.) will guest-star on Season 3 of FXX’s Man Seeking Woman as Josh and Liz’s estranged father, our sister site Variety reports.

* Netflix has released a new trailer for Season 3 of Black Mirror, which bows Oct. 21.

* Showtime, meanwhile, has dropped the following teaser for Season 3 of The Affair, premiering Sunday, Nov. 20 at 10/9c:

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  1. kn1231 says:

    I love Bridgit Mendler and I love Nashville, so definitely happy about the casting. I wonder if she’ll be a country music artist on the show because she is currently styling her actual music to be the complete opposite.

  2. tjchurch2001 says:

    Congrats to Chris & Bruce on the no-brainer renewals (though Com-Cen has made dumb decisions before, keeping Noah & cancelling Wilmore).

    Speaking of which, the new “Nashville” character sounds almost exactly like “Layla” when they brought her in after “Rayna” & “Juliette” worked together. (Trying to guarantee another renewal by redoing decent old storylines?!)

  3. Nathan Everett says:

    They would put her on the last season.