Everybody’s favorite drama queen will return to “Nashville” Season 4 soon. Although Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) is frequently mentioned, she hasn’t been seen since she checked into rehab in episode 7. However, she will allegedly be back in episode 14 of the ABC drama.
TVLine reported its sources have confirmed Panettiere’s return to set. Just like her character, the 26-year-old went on medical leave to go to rehab for postpartum depression (she gave birth to daughter Kaya in December 2014). Panettiere left rehab in November, but Juliette will be in treatment until the show returns in March.
Juliette’s return to Music City won’t necessarily reunite her with her husband, Avery (Jonathan Jackson), who may be getting another love interest. Meg Steedle will play a single mom with whom Avery connects. Yet, it appears Juliette won’t let that development ruin her progress. Showrunner Dee Johnson assured viewers that a more resilient Juliette will be seen.
“She’ll have been off the radar for a bit, but I think when she does come back, she’s going to come back strong and repaired as much as one can repair,” Johnson told the Hollywood Reporter last month. “We’ll try to find where she fits into the landscape. She is indomitable.”
“Nashville” won’t be Panettiere’s only return to television. Before the actress heads back to playing a country singer, she’ll appear on “Lip Sync Battle,” Entertainment Weekly reported. The actress will compete against Eva Longoria in a February episode of the Spike competition show. Panettiere will also bring out a former “Nashville” guest star, Christina Aguilera, to help her perform “Lady Marmalade.”
“Nashville” Season 4 will return to ABC March 16 at 10 p.m. EST. “Lip Sync Battle” airs on Spike Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST.