Here's some scoop on Nashville from this week's (Posted on 2/28/17) Ask Ausiello column.
Question: Now that Rayna’s dead on Nashville, is Juliette going to be the show’s lead character? —Roopa
Ausiello: We asked co-showrunner Marshall Herskovitz whether the CMT series was planning to bring on another female to play opposite Deacon or to challenge Juliette. “Yes, the weather is nice today. I just can’t comment,” he responded, laughing. “This has always been an article of faith between [fellow showrunner] Ed Zwick and me, that we feel that the experience of watching a show is altered when you know what’s coming. The most important thing for us is the audience’s experience of the show itself.”
Link to the full article:‘Nashville’ Season 5: Rayna Death Spoilers — Replacement Character? | TVLine