Juliette Barnes is back!
Nashville‘s Hayden Panettiere, who in October took a leave of absence from the ABC drama to undergo treatment for postpartum depression has returned to work on the series, TVLine has learned exclusively.
An ABC rep declined to comment, but sources confirm that the actress reported back to the set on Friday to begin work on Season 4’s 14th episode, which is slated to air in April. (Nashville returns from its midseason break on March 16).
Panettiere left the series in early October just as Episode 9 was about to start production. Her character, Juliette — who in an eerie parallel was also battling postpartum depression — was last seen in the Nov. 18 episode.
Executive producer/showrunner Dee Johnson said that she fully expected Panettiere to return.
“It’s not the entire season, it’s just for now,” Johnson told Deadline, adding, “We’ve had to make adjustments, but it’s not uncommon for shows to have to make such accommodations when real life intervenes.”