The rumors have been circling since June, but now it’s official.
When Season 5 of Nashville premieres on CMT in December, Will Chase (aka, Luke Wheeler) will not return.
Will Chase has officially confirmed his exit.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Chase has joined the cast of Time After Time — a new drama on ABC, Nashville‘s former network — as Griffin, “boyfriend to billionaire Vanessa Anders [and] one half of Manhattan’s most talked about power couple.”
Rumors of Chase’s departure from Nashville began back in June, at which time Aubrey Peeples (aka Layla Grant) was also reported as unlikely to return to the show.
Nashville’s CMT premier date has not yet been officially released, but returning cast member Charles Esten recently revealed that it will debut sometime in December. Nashville will be broadcast and streamed on CMT, and also streamed on Hulu, which currently carries the show’s previous seasons.