The hit drama series “Nashville” is set to make its return to TV with a two-hour premiere on January 5, 2017. The series will celebrate its fifth season, and make its debut on the CMT network. The new season brings on a brand new character to join the cast, Emmy®-nominated writer, actress and producer Jen Richards (“Her Story,” “Doubt”).

Richards’ role will be recurring as she portrays “Allyson Del Lago,” a physical therapist that will work closely with a series regular, and serves as the first transgender character and first out transgender actor for the CMT network.

Jen Richards is a talented actress, writer and producer involved with several projects including upcoming docu-series “More Than T,” and CBS’s “Doubt,” as well as a regular on E!’s “I Am Cait” just to name a few.

Season 5 of Nashville will no doubt be an exciting one. Save the date and tune-in to the season premiere on January 5 on CMT at 9pm ET/PT.