UPDATE 12:51 p.m. EDT: CMT confirmed they will bring back “Nashville” for Season 5. In a statement on CMT.com, network president Brian Philips said picking up the show is the “perfect addition to our evolving lineup of big music specials, documentaries and original series.” Philips added: “We see our fans and ourselves in this show and we will treasure it like no other network. ‘Nashville’ belongs on CMT.”
It looks like “Nashville” fans will be getting some good news soon. Even though there has not been an official statement about the future of the show, which was canceled by ABC in May, a new report claims the TV series has been picked up by another network and will return for Season 5.
According to the Tennessean of Nashville, sources say “Nashville” has found a new home on CMT. The outlet reported that the network, which stands for Country Music Television, signed a deal Thursday to bring the show back for a fifth season. “Nashville” will also reportedly stream on Hulu.
In addition, the Tennessean reports that the entire cast is expected to return but the show will be under a new creative team. Hearing that the cast should all be back for Season 5 will probably be great news to fans since Season 4’s finale ended with a cliffhanger as Juliette’s (Hayden Panettiere) private plane went missing.
As previously reported, Lionsgate TV boss Kevin Beggs defended the show’s shocking finale, telling the Hollywood Reporter that everyone was confident the show would be picked up on another network. “In our estimation, to go with a quickly assembled too-easy wrapup is more of a disservice to the fans who have invested four years in this great cast and these great stories,” he explained. “And there’s more stories to tell.”
Last month, Connie Britton opened up about the show ending, saying during an appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” that it was like the “end of an era.” She explained, “It’s sort of a big deal when I realized I basically raised my son there [in Nashville], who’s 5. We’ve been doing the show there for four years, so it’s a big deal.”
Britton added, “It’s been a little schizophrenic, ‘cause I’ll talk to my Nashville friends and they’re all like devastated … And then I text my friends in L.A. and they’re like, ‘We’re so happy you’re coming home!’ So I’m just like, I don’t know what I feel!”