She is well known for the roles of Nikki Faber on the ABC sitcom "Spin City" (1996-2000), Tami Taylor on the NBC/DirecTV sports drama "Friday Night Lights" (2006-2011), for which she was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and as Vivien Harmon in the FX horror-drama series "American Horror Story" (2011) for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. Her most notable films are "Friday Night Lights" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street". She currently stars as Rayna James in the upcoming ABC musical drama series "Nashville".
Last month, millions of fans rejoiced when the “Nashville” bosses announced the cancelled ABC series would see new life on CMT, and now two marquee stars have officially declared their commitment to the forthcoming fifth season.
Both Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere are close to signing contracts to star on the program, guaranteeing the return of Rayna James and Juliette Barnes, respectively.