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CMT Casting New Role for ‘Nashville’

The network put out a nationwide casting call in order to find their new character, Clay, who they are planning to have as a main member of the cast.

Written by Kelly Brickey
CMT Casting New Role for ‘Nashville’
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With a new season comes new characters. While many of the main roles are sticking around Nashville for at least a portion or the whole series this time around, CMT has decided to add a new face to the mix to stir up a little more drama with the original crew.

The network put out a nationwide casting call in order to find their new character, Clay, who they are planning to have as a main member of the cast. Clay is described to be a 21-to-26-year-old African American male who is looking to become a major player in Music City.

According the role sheet, the character also holds a specific personality that harnesses a different set of music influences than previous characters: “He is a creative, self-aware, highly motivated young man who suffers intense mood swings, but is nonetheless charming and outgoing. His musical style is eclectic, with modern elements but also nods to roots black music, bluegrass, and even classic country.”

The reasoning behind adding a complete new main character to the story is to highlight the show’s musical roots in which they used to portray the main focus toward. Adding a new flavor with the bluegrass element, the series’ musical prowess will create another dimension for viewers to latch on to during Season Five.

Clay will also join series regular characters such as Rayna James (Connie Britton), Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten), Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) and many more familiar faces.

The new season of Nashville will premiere on January 5 on CMT and episodes will stream on Hulu the following day.