'Nashville' Season 5B Preview: New Characters, New Music and a New Normal
'Nashville' Season 5B Preview: New Characters, New Music and a New Normal
Jay Ruymann
Jay Ruymann
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
After the death of Rayna Jaymes, Nashville will pick up ten weeks later when it returns on June 1, with new characters to boot. During the interview, first posted on TVLine, EP Marshall Herskovitz revealed information and a sneak peek about these new characters, and it's sure that they're going to be stirring up some trouble with the remaining members of Nashville -- Deacon, especially. He seems to be the one that will be working closely with both of them, and one may even be Deacon's next shot at a happy ending. That's speculation based off the preview where they seem to be "close," but maybe the two just have a past?

Below are descriptions and comments from the interview about the characters, played by Rachel Bilson (The O.C., Hart of Dixie) and Kaitlin Doubleday (Empire.)

Jessie Caine, played by Doubleday, is a singer/songwriter who left town after a big scandal years ago. She'll show up first, during the show's milestone 100th episode on June 15.

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"She had a career and had a life, but it blew up in a way I can't talk about" for fear of spoiling the story, Herskovitz says. She's also got a son who was taken from her. "I find myself drawn to the struggle of someone who has made mistakes," the EP adds, "who has flaws but is also determined to make her life work."

It's not known what role she'll play exactly, but she could be the first artist Deacon chases after as the new head of Highway 65 Records. And from the preview, these two could have a past that we aren't privy to. It'll be interesting to see what sort of role she plays in Deacon's life.

Meanwhile, Alyssa Greene, played by Bilson, is introduced by Zach as coming from Silicon Valley to be Highway 65's chief strategy officer in the video below.

"One of the things that's fun about what Rachel's doing is, she plays someone who's not from Nashville, doesn't have any interest in or knowledge of country music. She's a complete fish out of water, which is not something we've seen in the show very often," Herskovitz says.

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She's surely going to stir up trouble with Deacon at Highway 65 Records, as neither of them really know what they're doing. Deacon is going to run the label as a country artist, while Alyssa is going to be working from a purely business standpoint. They're going to have to find a middle ground to keep Rayna's legacy afloat.

As for other characters, the preview shows Juliette gearing up to get back into her music, which is much needed. In the first half of the season, we only got one song from the country star. In the interview, Herskovitz confirms that Ms. Barnes is rarin' to go. "A lot of her spirit, feistiness, impossibleness, whatever you want to call it is definitely going to return."

Watch the introduction of Alyssa Greene below, as well as some drama unfolding in Juliette's life. It's good to see Nashville returning to what it's good at: drama unfolding from the music, instead of the other way around.

What do you think? Are you excited for Nashville, even without Rayna? Do you think the new characters seem promising? Let us know in the comments below!

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