Nashville Season 5: Looking Fave Joins Cast... as Will's New Love?

Michael Ausiello

Is Nashville eyeing a love triangle for the out-and- (finally) proud Will?

Presenting Exhibit A: Looking‘s Murray Bartlett is joining the CMT series’ upcoming fifth season in a major recurring role, TVLine has learned. Exhibit B: His character, named (for real) Jakob Fine, is described as “a very handsome, charismatic and successful men’s fashion designer.” Exhibit C: See Exhibit A and B and smush them together.

RELATEDReport: Connie Britton Eyes Early Nashville Exit

A Nashville source declined to say if Bartlett is being introduced as a love interest for Chris Carmack’s Will, but the insider confirms that the two characters will cross paths. Keep in mind that in the then-ABC drama’s Season 4 finale, Will reunited with Kevin (played by Kyle Dean Massey, who is expected to return in some capacity.)

The Lionsgate-produced Nashville will make its CMT debut with a special two-hour episode on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9/8c.

Press PLAY below to find out what Connie Britton had to say about all those Nashville exit rumors.

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