How lucky are Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb? The Today co-hosts recently spent an entire day chilling with the cast of CMT’s Nashville, including series star and producer Connie Britton. The Emmy-nominated actress, who plays country superstar Rayna James, even posed for an Instagram pic.
The occasion? A set visit ahead of Nashville’s much-anticipated Season 5 premiere. As we reported earlier this week, the show will make its CMT debut on Dec. 15 with a one-hour sneak peek. The first complete episode, a two-hour special, will air Jan. 5.
Kathie and Hoda started their set visit at—where else?—the famous Bluebird Cafe, where Lennon & Maisy treated them to a private concert. In typical Maddie and Daphne Conrad fashion, they sang their hit cover “Ho Hey” by the The Lumineers.
Then, Kathie and Hoda met up with Charles Esten, a.k.a. Deacon Claybourne, who also joined them for a selfie. Swoon!
Next, the talk show hosts spent some time with Scarlett and Gunnar—er, we mean Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio—with whom they’ll actually share a scene. That’s right! The show's on-again-off-again couple "stopped by" Today for an interview with their band The Exes, so keep your eyes peeled for Katie and Hoda’s big cameo at some point in Season 5.
And we can’t forget to mention actress Hayden Panettiere, who is not-so-curiously absent from the set visit. With the fate of Juliette Barnes still literally up in the air, we’re glad they didn’t spoil the situation. But the anticipation is killing us! Is it January 5 yet?!