'Nashville' Taps 'CSI: Miami' Alum to Play Will's Macho Father (Exclusive)

Nashville Chris Carmack Rex Lin Split - H 2015
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Nashville Chris Carmack Rex Lin Split - H 2015

ABC's Nashville is primed to introduce Will Lexington's (Chris Carmack) father.

CSI: Miami alum Rex Linn has been tapped to recur on the network's country music drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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Linn, whose recent credits include NBC's State of Affairs, will play William "Bill" Lexington, Will's father. The character is described as a handsome, all-American guy who's a fourth-generation Texan. Bill is macho and proud and owns a bunch of ranch land that he works himself. He believes that hard work and elbow grease is the only way to get ahead. He's a devoted and sincere family man — but also deeply conservative — and for him, having a gay son just won't fly.

Linn will make his debut toward the end of the season in May with the option to return for Nashville's potential fourth season.

The casting comes as Carmack's Will remains in the closet about his sexuality as his career continues to skyrocket.

Linn's credits also include HBO's upcoming Tim Robbins/Jack Black comedy The Brink and Lifetime's The Lottery. He's repped by ROAR.

Nashville airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC. Keep up with all the renewals and cancellations with THR's handy Scorecard.

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