12:12pm PT by Kate Stanhope
'Nashville' Adds 'Looking' Grad Murray Bartlett in Recurring Role for Season 5
Looking star Murray Bartlett has found his next TV gig.
The star of the HBO comedy has joined Nashville in a recurring role for season five, it was announced Thursday.
Bartlett will play Jakob Fine, a very handsome, charismatic and successful men’s fashion designer. He joins fellow new additions Jen Richards (I Am Cait) and Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens of the group Carolina Chocolate Drops, who also are set to recur for the upcoming fifth season.
The trio come to the ensemble just as former series regulars Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples exit the country music drama, which is set to bow in January on CMT. The upcoming fifth season marks Nashville's first on the cabler, following four seasons on ABC. CMT and Hulu, which will stream episodes the day after they air, joined forces to resurrect the series in June, one month after it was canceled by ABC.
Nashville, which is co-produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment, also will welcome new showrunners this season in Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick (thirtysomething, My So-Called Life).
For Bartlett, the role comes after two seasons on the acclaimed comedy Looking, which wrapped with a TV movie in July. His other credits include The Good Wife, Sex and the City, Damages and White Collar. The actor is repped by Paradigm and Anonymous Content.
On Tuesday, CMT also released a new behind-the-scenes look at Nashville's upcoming move to the Viacom-owned channel:
— Nashville on CMT (@NashvilleCMT) September 20, 2016
Nashville is set to return with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.