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.
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* 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: