This week on the The Ellen DeGeneres shows, actress Connie Britton sat down with the talk show host to promote her role on the upcoming fifth series of Nashville. The 49-year-old actress appeared on the talk show and spoke about her fear of singing on the hit TV series. Britton confided in DeGeneres that recording music for the drama “scares me every single time, even though it has been the most exciting part of the role.”
She told the talk show host that she is in her 40’s and that “as a woman in your 40’s it is good to challenge yourself.” Ellen also spoke to the actress about rumours that she’s leaving the show. Apparently, fans have been worried that the Friday Night Lights star might not be sticking around since the show is on a new network. Britton assured DeGeneres and all her fans saying, “I’m in it for the duration, and were about to start a new season.”
Excited to have the actress on her show, Ellen DeGeneres took to Instagram to share a photo of the two talking. DeGeneres captioned the photo, @ConnieBritton is a beautiful person, inside and out.
Nashville first aired in 2012 on ABC and gained a major following of over 8.93 million viewers.
The series chronicles the lives of various fictitious country music singers in Nashville, Tennessee. Starring Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, a legendary country music superstar whose stardom begins fading while rising younger star Juliette Barnes takes over. A number of television critics characterized Nashville as Dallas in Tennessee as the original concept was focused on the backdrop of the real country world. The promotional campaign was primarily focused on the rivalry between a young and ruthless country pop diva and a superstar who was past-her-peak. Nashville is actually filmed on location and on soundstages around Nashville.
Nashville is Back Again
This past May, ABC unexpectedly cancelled the program after its four-year run. The news came only 13 days after the season finale, which ended in a cliff-hanger surrounding Hayden Panettiere’s character, Juliette Barnes. The following month, Hulu and CMT picked it up and decided to carry the series on. At the time, People quoted a statement by CMT President Brian Philips in which he said that “CMT heard the fans. The wave of love and appreciation they have unleashed for Nashville has been overwhelming.”
Connie Britton spoke about the transition to CMT telling Ellen DeGeneres, “We have new writers, and the stories, I think, are gonna be really – it’s gonna get us back to what Nashville is about, and what the story, the characters are, and what that town is, and what the music is, so, yeah.”
Britton’s excitement and love for her role in Nashville was evident in her interview with Ellen DeGeneres which prompted the talk show host to call Connie Britton, “a beautiful person inside and out.”
Be sure to catch the fifth season of Nashville premiering tonight, Thursday, Jan. 5, at 9 p.m. on CMT.
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