Connie Britton eyes early Nashville exit

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Sources confirm to TVLine that Connie Britton is poised to exit the drama's upcoming fifth season on CMT after appearing in just 10 of 22 episodes, TVLine has confirmed. It's unclear at this time how her character, Rayna James, will be written off the show. EW.com was first to report Britton's reduced workload.

A source close to the show, meanwhile, tells TVLine that negotiations with the Friday Night Lights vet on the length of her Season 5 commitment are ongoing.

Hear Connie Britton's initial reaction to the "Nashville" cancellation:
Connie Britton on the End of Nashville

The cancelled ABC country-music drama will make its CMT debut with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, January 5, at 9/8c. As previously reported, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz (thirtysomething) have taken over as showrunners.

Meanwhile, fellow leading lady Hayden Panettiere, whose character Juliette's fate was left hanging in the balance in the Season 4 finale, is expected back for all 22 episodes. The same holds true for co-stars Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella and Chris Carmack. Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples, who played Luke and Layla, respectively, will not be back as series regulars.

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NASHVILLE - 'Baby Come Home' - Rayna and Deacon try everything they can think of to reunite with Maddie and avoid court, even involving Teddy (Eric Close) from jail. Juliette tries to rekindle her relationship with Avery, and her success on tour stokes Layla's jealousy, personally and professionally. Luke Wheeler leverages his own appearance on 'Good Morning America' with Robin Roberts to try to jump start Will Lexington's career, on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) CHARLES ESTEN, CONNIE BRITTON
NASHVILLE - 'Maybe You'll Appreciate Me Someday' - On the season finale, Rayna resorts to drastic measures when she learns that Maddie has crossed paths with a duplicitous figure from her past. Juliette must choose how to publicly reckon with the truth of Jeff Fordham's death-a decision that directly affects Layla. Scarlett and Gunnar consider parting ways as bandmates, and Will finally decides to do what he should have done long ago-step up as the leader of a cause and a community-on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) CHARLES ESTEN
NASHVILLE - 'Maybe You'll Appreciate Me Someday' - On the season finale, Rayna resorts to drastic measures when she learns that Maddie has crossed paths with a duplicitous figure from her past. Juliette must choose how to publicly reckon with the truth of Jeff Fordham's death-a decision that directly affects Layla. Scarlett and Gunnar consider parting ways as bandmates, and Will finally decides to do what he should have done long ago-step up as the leader of a cause and a community-on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) CONNIE BRITTON
NASHVILLE - 'Maybe You'll Appreciate Me Someday' - On the season finale, Rayna resorts to drastic measures when she learns that Maddie has crossed paths with a duplicitous figure from her past. Juliette must choose how to publicly reckon with the truth of Jeff Fordham's death-a decision that directly affects Layla. Scarlett and Gunnar consider parting ways as bandmates, and Will finally decides to do what he should have done long ago-step up as the leader of a cause and a community-on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) CLARE BOWEN, SAM PALLADIO
NASHVILLE - 'It's Sure Gonna Hurt' - After nearly two decades, Rayna and Deacon face the facts of their storied and often tempestuous relationship. Scarlett makes a startling self-discovery in between tour dates while Gunnar performs with one of his idols, rock-music legend Sir Elton John, who guest stars as himself. Luke stops by 'The View' to trumpet a worthy cause-before a family emergency pulls his focus. Elsewhere, Juliette struggles to make a connection, and Layla launches her album at The Bluebird. Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Raven Symon������ and Paula Faris guest star as themselves on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) HAYDEN PANETTIERE
NASHVILLE - 'It's Sure Gonna Hurt' - After nearly two decades, Rayna and Deacon face the facts of their storied and often tempestuous relationship. Scarlett makes a startling self-discovery in between tour dates while Gunnar performs with one of his idols, rock-music legend Sir Elton John, who guest stars as himself. Luke stops by 'The View' to trumpet a worthy cause-before a family emergency pulls his focus. Elsewhere, Juliette struggles to make a connection, and Layla launches her album at The Bluebird. Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Raven Symon������ and Paula Faris guest star as themselves on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) AUBREY PEEPLES
NASHVILLE - 'It's Sure Gonna Hurt' - After nearly two decades, Rayna and Deacon face the facts of their storied and often tempestuous relationship. Scarlett makes a startling self-discovery in between tour dates while Gunnar performs with one of his idols, rock-music legend Sir Elton John, who guest stars as himself. Luke stops by 'The View' to trumpet a worthy cause-before a family emergency pulls his focus. Elsewhere, Juliette struggles to make a connection, and Layla launches her album at The Bluebird. Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Raven Symon������ and Paula Faris guest star as themselves on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) SIR ELTON JOHN, ALICIA WITT, SAM PALLADIO
NASHVILLE - 'It's Sure Gonna Hurt' - After nearly two decades, Rayna and Deacon face the facts of their storied and often tempestuous relationship. Scarlett makes a startling self-discovery in between tour dates while Gunnar performs with one of his idols, rock-music legend Sir Elton John, who guest stars as himself. Luke stops by 'The View' to trumpet a worthy cause-before a family emergency pulls his focus. Elsewhere, Juliette struggles to make a connection, and Layla launches her album at The Bluebird. Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Raven Symon������ and Paula Faris guest star as themselves on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) JONATHAN JACKSON
NASHVILLE - 'It's Sure Gonna Hurt' - After nearly two decades, Rayna and Deacon face the facts of their storied and often tempestuous relationship. Scarlett makes a startling self-discovery in between tour dates while Gunnar performs with one of his idols, rock-music legend Sir Elton John, who guest stars as himself. Luke stops by 'The View' to trumpet a worthy cause-before a family emergency pulls his focus. Elsewhere, Juliette struggles to make a connection, and Layla launches her album at The Bluebird. Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Raven Symon������ and Paula Faris guest star as themselves on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) JONATHAN JACKSON
NASHVILLE - 'It's Sure Gonna Hurt' - After nearly two decades, Rayna and Deacon face the facts of their storied and often tempestuous relationship. Scarlett makes a startling self-discovery in between tour dates while Gunnar performs with one of his idols, rock-music legend Sir Elton John, who guest stars as himself. Luke stops by 'The View' to trumpet a worthy cause-before a family emergency pulls his focus. Elsewhere, Juliette struggles to make a connection, and Layla launches her album at The Bluebird. Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Raven Symon������ and Paula Faris guest star as themselves on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) ALICIA WITT, SAM PALLADIO
NASHVILLE - 'It's Sure Gonna Hurt' - After nearly two decades, Rayna and Deacon face the facts of their storied and often tempestuous relationship. Scarlett makes a startling self-discovery in between tour dates while Gunnar performs with one of his idols, rock-music legend Sir Elton John, who guest stars as himself. Luke stops by 'The View' to trumpet a worthy cause-before a family emergency pulls his focus. Elsewhere, Juliette struggles to make a connection, and Layla launches her album at The Bluebird. Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Raven Symon������ and Paula Faris guest star as themselves on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) SAM PALLADIO
NASHVILLE - 'It's Sure Gonna Hurt' - After nearly two decades, Rayna and Deacon face the facts of their storied and often tempestuous relationship. Scarlett makes a startling self-discovery in between tour dates while Gunnar performs with one of his idols, rock-music legend Sir Elton John, who guest stars as himself. Luke stops by 'The View' to trumpet a worthy cause-before a family emergency pulls his focus. Elsewhere, Juliette struggles to make a connection, and Layla launches her album at The Bluebird. Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Raven Symon������ and Paula Faris guest star as themselves on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) SAM PALLADIO, ALICIA WITT
NASHVILLE - 'It's Sure Gonna Hurt' - After nearly two decades, Rayna and Deacon face the facts of their storied and often tempestuous relationship. Scarlett makes a startling self-discovery in between tour dates while Gunnar performs with one of his idols, rock-music legend Sir Elton John, who guest stars as himself. Luke stops by 'The View' to trumpet a worthy cause-before a family emergency pulls his focus. Elsewhere, Juliette struggles to make a connection, and Layla launches her album at The Bluebird. Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Raven Symon������ and Paula Faris guest star as themselves on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) SAM PALLADIO, ALICIA WITT
NASHVILLE - 'It's Sure Gonna Hurt' - After nearly two decades, Rayna and Deacon face the facts of their storied and often tempestuous relationship. Scarlett makes a startling self-discovery in between tour dates while Gunnar performs with one of his idols, rock-music legend Sir Elton John, who guest stars as himself. Luke stops by 'The View' to trumpet a worthy cause-before a family emergency pulls his focus. Elsewhere, Juliette struggles to make a connection, and Layla launches her album at The Bluebird. Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Raven Symon������ and Paula Faris guest star as themselves on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) CLARE BOWEN
NASHVILLE - 'The Trouble with the Truth' - Rayna and Deacon fight to regain the trust of a determined Maddie as she seeks independence, but their efforts are undermined by someone they thought was an ally. Scarlett and Gunnar disagree on the history of their musical partnership during a press interview. Luke tries to do the right thing for an artist he admires, but it ends up backfiring. Country music star Kelsea Ballerini performs 'Peter Pan' in a guest appearance as herself, on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) LENNON STELLA
NASHVILLE - 'The Trouble with the Truth' - Rayna and Deacon fight to regain the trust of a determined Maddie as she seeks independence, but their efforts are undermined by someone they thought was an ally. Scarlett and Gunnar disagree on the history of their musical partnership during a press interview. Luke tries to do the right thing for an artist he admires, but it ends up backfiring. Country music star Kelsea Ballerini performs 'Peter Pan' in a guest appearance as herself, on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) MARK COLLIE
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Wednesday, March 9 included Louis C.K., Connie Britton ('Nashville') and musical guest The Wild Feathers. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) THE WILD FEATHERS
NASHVILLE - 'The Trouble with the Truth' - Rayna and Deacon fight to regain the trust of a determined Maddie as she seeks independence, but their efforts are undermined by someone they thought was an ally. Scarlett and Gunnar disagree on the history of their musical partnership during a press interview. Luke tries to do the right thing for an artist he admires, but it ends up backfiring. Country music star Kelsea Ballerini performs 'Peter Pan' in a guest appearance as herself, on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) PAUL SCHACKMAN, CONNIE BRITTON
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 15: Sam Pallidio (ABC's Nashville) performs during 'Nashville for Africa' a Benefit for the African Childrens Choir at the Ryman Auditorium on February 15, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 15: Connie Britton and Charles Esten (ABC's Nashville) performs during 'Nashville for Africa' a Benefit for the African Childrens Choir at the Ryman Auditorium on February 15, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 15: Charles Esten and Jonathan Jackson (ABC's Nashville) backstage during 'Nashville for Africa' a benefit for the Africian Childrens Choir at Ryman Auditorium on February 15, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE - 'Baby Come Home' - Rayna and Deacon try everything they can think of to reunite with Maddie and avoid court, even involving Teddy (Eric Close) from jail. Juliette tries to rekindle her relationship with Avery, and her success on tour stokes Layla's jealousy, personally and professionally. Luke Wheeler leverages his own appearance on 'Good Morning America' with Robin Roberts to try to jump start Will Lexington's career, on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) CONNIE BRITTON, T BONE BURNETT
NASHVILLE - 'Didn't Expect It to Go Down This Way ' - Thomas Rhett guest stars as himself, performing his #1 hit, 'Die a Happy Man,' in this all-new episode. Rayna and Deacon are distraught when Maddie runs away from home, and Juliette is threatened by Avery's connection to Layla. Luke is forced to find a new artist when Riff disappears, and Autumn drives a wedge between Gunnar and Scarlett, on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.' (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) HAYDEN PANETTIERE, CONNIE BRITTON
NASHVILLE - 'Didn't Expect It to Go Down This Way ' - Thomas Rhett guest stars as himself, performing his #1 hit, 'Die a Happy Man,' in this all-new episode. Rayna and Deacon are distraught when Maddie runs away from home, and Juliette is threatened by Avery's connection to Layla. Luke is forced to find a new artist when Riff disappears, and Autumn drives a wedge between Gunnar and Scarlett, on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.' (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) AUBREY PEEPLES
NASHVILLE - 'Didn't Expect It to Go Down This Way ' - Thomas Rhett guest stars as himself, performing his #1 hit, 'Die a Happy Man,' in this all-new episode. Rayna and Deacon are distraught when Maddie runs away from home, and Juliette is threatened by Avery's connection to Layla. Luke is forced to find a new artist when Riff disappears, and Autumn drives a wedge between Gunnar and Scarlett, on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.' (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) WILL CHASE
NASHVILLE - 'Didn't Expect It to Go Down This Way ' - Thomas Rhett guest stars as himself, performing his #1 hit, 'Die a Happy Man,' in this all-new episode. Rayna and Deacon are distraught when Maddie runs away from home, and Juliette is threatened by Avery's connection to Layla. Luke is forced to find a new artist when Riff disappears, and Autumn drives a wedge between Gunnar and Scarlett, on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.' (Photo by Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) AUBREY PEEPLES, JONATHAN JACKSON
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