Nashville is coming back to TV after ABC decided this May to cancel the popular show after four seasons. The show has been picked up by the CMT network and is reported to be bringing in new showrunners for the new season. The country singing show is expected to premiere on CMT with two-hour episode for its fifth season.
Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick are going to be the new showrunners for Nashville. The show is bringing back most of its main stars like Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Sam Palladio, Johnathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, Lennon Stella, Chris Carmack, and Maisey Stella. The new Nashville season also plans to bring back Aubrey Peeples and Will Chase in smaller acting roles.
Although there are still some casting negotiations that aren’t final, Connie Britton is expected to leave the show after this season. Britton, who plays longtime country singer Rayna Jaymes, has reportedly only signed to be a part of ten episodes for the fifth season. CMT sources, however, claim that they hope the actress might want to sign on for more episodes and also stated that the actresses leave isn’t set in stone yet. Hayden Panettiere, on the other hand, is fully on board for the new season.
Nashville’s fifth season storyline is reportedly going to start with Britton’s character Rayna who has a rich app developer who wants to promote her music to a new generation of music listeners. Although, the developer has more insidious intentions for the country star that could start up a new conflict for the Nashville cast.
Lionsgate, who is in charge of the production, has ordered 22 episodes for Nashville’s fifth season on CMT. Hulu, which has a streaming deal with Lionsgate, is going to stream CMT’s new Nashville episodes a day after they air on the channel.
The fifth season is set to start production next month. Nashville’s fifth season is set to premiere on January 5th 2017.