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Is Juliette Barnes ready to be a mom?

That's a question ABC's Nashville may pose when it returns for its third season this fall, producers have confirmed exclusively to TVGuide.com.

Though producers are keeping Season 3 specifics under wraps for now, executive producerDee Johnson tells TVGuide.com that the show will find a way to incorporate actress Hayden Panettiere's real-life baby bump.

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"We are going to address the idea of pregnancy," Johnson teases. "That's as much as I'll say about that. ... She's faced with new obstacles, let's put it that way."

But if Juliette does turn out to be pregnant, who's the daddy? The possibilities: Avery (Jonathan Jackson), who walked out on Juliette after learning of her ill-advised hookup with smarmy Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson, who's been upped to a series regular this season) ... or, the smarmy Jeff Fordham himself. Let's hope it's the former!

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At the end of Season 2, it's clear that Juliette is willing to do whatever it takes to win Avery back — and we're guessing that a baby of ambiguous paternal origin would throw a bit of a wrench into that.

"I don't think anything is simple in the world of Juliette," Johnson notes.

That's certainly an understatement!

Where do you think Juliette's storyline is headed in Season 3? Sound off in the comments!

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