“Looking” Star Murray Bartlett Joins The Cast of “Nashville”

From San Francisco to the Music City.

Nashville is coming to CMT in January, and the network has been broadening the show’s LGBT cast of characters: Looking actor Murray Bartlett is joining the cast as Jakob Fine, “a very handsome, charismatic and successful men’s fashion designer.”

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Bartlett, who is openly gay, joins the cast along with trans actress Jen Richards, who plays Allyson Del Lago, “a tough but understanding physical therapist” who will help Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) recover from her plane crash.

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Chris Carmack, who plays gay country singer Will Lexington, will be returning to the series, too.

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Will Jakob and Will make a love connection? Will Murray still sport his uber-sexy ’stache? Only time will tell.

Thirtysomething creators Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz are helming the show for its fifth season, debuting with a special two-hour premiere on January 5 at 9/8c on CMT.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.