Is Nashville worth watching without Rayna James? Recently, rumors have circulated that Connie Britton is leaving the CMT series this season. So we want to know: Would you watch Nashville without her? Should the series be renewed for season six if she leaves?
Britton plays Rayna James on the country music drama, which moved to CMT for season five after ABC cancelled the show last spring. The cast also includes Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Jackson, Lennon Stella, and Maisy Stella.
[SPOILER ALERT] During a recent episode of Nashville, James was hit by a truck after a terrifying encounter with her stalker, Carl Hockney. Could this be foreshadowing for the character’s exit? In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, co-showrunner Marshall Herskovitz emphasized Britton’s commitment to the series:
“Connie had a lot to do with that. We had a very long and interesting conversation with her before we started and she talked about her feelings about where Rayna would be right now and also [with creator] Callie [Khouri].”
Earlier, Britton also told Ellen DeGeneres that she was “in for the duration” of Nashville.
What do you think? Do you think Britton will leave? If so, will you still watch the series? Should there be a season six of Nashville without her?
I’ll definitely watch S6 and beyond!
The show isn’t just about Rayna. We all miss her and will journey with the characters as they deal with the loss but the other storylines are so strong and beautifully acted that I’m looking forward to much more. Plus I look forward to more music performed the actors/artists who back the show with a live tour.
I think it could well go on without her. Deacon, Scarlet and Juliette are all very strong characters that if given some decent scripts could well replace her. Give it a chance I think it can well go on. I know I enjoy it.
I love the Nashville series even without Connie Britton. I will miss rayna but think there is a lot that can stll be great with the show. Please keep it on for season 6.