Here’s one good reason to get excited about the new fall TV season (and lord knows we need one!) – ‘Heroes’ hottie Hayden Panettiere is returning to the tube! 

The petite but crush-worthy blonde is starring in the new series ‘Nashville,’ which premieres October 10 on ABC.

The ‘Scream 4’ actress will play a Nashville country pop star who butts heads with a former Nashville music queen, played by ‘Friday Night Lights’ star Connie Britton (also a reason to tune in).

It’s no secret that our favorite TV shows feature hot little blondes doing their thing, so we’re excited to see an older, wiser and sexier Panettiere back on the small screen with this new role.