Hayden Panettiere Return: Actress Prepares For Juliette Barnes’ Return On ABC’s ‘Nashville’

January 15, 2016 | By Garrett Montgomery More

Hayden Panettiere will return to Nashville after going to rehab for depression. Panettiere, who seems to be doing much better, is set to make an appearance on an upcoming episode of Lip Sync Battle.

Hayden Panettiere Return

Hayden Panettiere, aka Juliette Barnes, is set to return to the hit TV show Nashville in April after going to a rehabilitation center to deal with postpartum depression. Panettiere and fiancé, professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko, have an 11-month-old daughter named Kaya Evodokia (see picture below).

The last time fans of the ABC drama saw Miss Panettiere, it was in the November 18th episode, when coincidentally her character, who had welcomed a baby with boyfriend Avery (played by Jonathan Jackson), was also dealing with postpartum depression. In November, Panettiere, who was struggling with PPD, was on Live! with Kelly and Michael where she confessed that she understood the emotional roller coaster that Barnes was going through. She said:

“It’s something a lot of women experience. When [you’re told] about postpartum depression you think it’s ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child’ — I’ve never, ever had those feelings. Some women do. But you don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal.”

In October, in a lengthy statement, Panettiere revealed that she would not return to the series because she had plans to enter rehab to undergo treatment for postpartum depression. In late December, to everyone’s surprise, a happy and healthy Panettiere emerged on social media. There she has posted countless pictures of her new hairstyle, her pink wig, few selfies on the beach, her best imitation of Beyoncé, and photos of her recent trip to Germany to support her fiancé in a match.

According to Twitter, Panettiere has been spending a lot of time with her mother and hanging out with her girlfriends while partying in New York. However, she rarely talks about her baby girl and unlike Klitschko, she has never shared a picture of the adorable child – who looks a lot like her petite mother.

On Friday, Panettiere was spotted on the set of the series shooting few scenes. According to several sources, the actress will appear on the fourteenth episode of season 4, which is slated to air in April, (Nashville will return from its winter break on March 16). Few weeks ago, executive producer Dee Johnson did reveal that he expected Panettiere to return very soon. He stated:

“It’s not the entire season, it’s just for now.We’ve had to make adjustments, but it’s not uncommon for shows to have to make such accommodations when real life intervenes.”

Panettiere’s big return to Nashville will be followed by an appearance on Lip Sync Battle against Eva Longoria with Christina Aguilera as a surprise guest, (she will be on Panettiere’s team).

What are your thoughts on Hayden Panettiere’s return?

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  1. songman1505 says:

    I’m excited about her return. She was always a favorite of mine on Heroes and now on Nashville. I love the show the music is phenominal and all of the actors on the show do a great job. I am so glad everything turned out ok with her rehab. I know for a fact PPD is a real and sometimes very scary thing to go through.

  2. Rhonda Baker Kowalski says:

    I am glad tat she is feeling we need to remember that depression is no joke!

    Welcome back Hayden!

  3. Megan welty says:

    Yea I’m glad she is coming back and I’m ready for the show to come back too

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