Nashville is making waves.
She will recur as Allyson Del Lago, a tough but understanding physical therapist who helps one of Nashville’s series regulars through one of their most difficult challenges.
Richards’ casting is significant, as she is the network’s first out transgender actor and will play its first transgender character.
The new season will consist of 22 episodes and will feature returning series regulars Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella and Chris Carmack. Not returning to the fold are Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples.
ET caught up with Britton at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, where she praised Nashville fans
for keeping the show alive.
Nashville launches in its new home on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CMT, with episodes available for streaming on Hulu the day after.