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The country music-loving residents of "Nashville" are in for more scandals and sizzling new love affairs.
Showrunner Dee Johnson shared with TVLine that Peggy (Kimberley Williams-Paisley) definitely wants to have Teddy's (Eric Close) baby. "She's not going to run out and get an abortion," Johnson said, adding that Teddy is "certainly not happy" about finding out that his mistress is expecting.
Johnson also shared that it will take awhile for Rayna (Connie Britton) to find out that Peggy is pregnant with Teddy's child.
Rayna will definitely have an eventful season. Rayna survived a near-fatal car crash with Deacon (Charles Esten) in the season one finale, with whom she recently had a falling out over the secret about Maddie's (Lennon Stella) paternity. The revelation ruined their recently reignited relationship.
The upcoming season will see Rayna juggling several men after her split from Deacon. TV Guide reports that the show is casting a recurring love interest for Rayna named Luke, a mega-star who is signed onto Rayna's record label. Rayna will initially be attracted to the character's humility and the kindness he shows towards his fans. However, the level of her attraction towards him falls when he gives her misogynistic career advice.
Another romantic interest of Rayna's will be a top label executive played by "Rules of Engagement's" Oliver Hudson, according to TV Line. Hudson will play a charismatic but aggressive executive who will "shake things up in Nashville." Hudson is the second actor to join the cast after Chaley Rose came aboard as Scarlett's (Clare Bowen) best friend.
Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) will also be getting a new love interest. TVLine reports that Charlie Bewley of "Twilight" and "The Vampire Diaries" will play Trey, a charming businessman who woos Juliette. Bewley will debut in the second season's third episode.
Maddie and her sister, Daphne, played by real-life sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella, will also both have larger roles this season, as they have been made series regulars. Chris Carmack, who plays Will, Scarlett and Gunnar's (Sam Palladio) neighbor, is another permanent addition to the cast. Will's character will continue to struggle as a secretly gay man in the country music industry.
Last season also focused on the feud between country music divas Rayna and Juliette (Hayden Panettiere). ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee told Wetpaint that the rivalry will drive the second season. "That particular rivalry with Connie and Hayden['s characters] is coming to a head," Paul revealed.
"Nashville" will return for its second season on September 25 on ABC.