nashville promotes will chase oliver hudson 'Nashville' promotes Will Chase, Oliver Hudson to series regulars for potential Season 3 Here’s some good news and bad news for Rayna Jaymes — her lover and her nemesis will be around for more action and drama should “Nashville” get a Season 3 renewal.

Deadline reports that Will Chase and Oliver Hudson will both be promoted to series regulars if ABC renews the country music drama.

Both Chase and Hudson were introduced this season on “Nashville” as recurring stars. Chase plays Luke Wheeler, a country music superstar as famous as Connie Britton’s on-screen persona. Their professional relationship turned into a romantic one after working on a hit song together, and Chase’s promotion means that romance has some real staying power.

Meanwhile, Hudson’s promotion is not such a good sign for Rayna. Hudson plays Edgehill Records executive Jeff Fordham, who has made it his mission to kill Rayna’s singing career ever since she bought herself out of the record company to start her own label. Since he also just lost Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) as an artist to Rayna’s new label, his continued existence on “Nashville” means he just might have some success in taking down Rayna. 

Or maybe “Nashville” fans will just get to watch his efforts crash and burn in the potential Season 3? That latter option is definitely preferable.

What do you think of both Chase and Hudson’s promotions? Is that a good sign that ABC is confident in “Nashville,” and a Season 3 renewal is coming soon?

“Nashville” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

Posted by:Sydney Bucksbaum