“Nashville” Season 5 will be on a new network, but the characters will still be familiar. CMT opted to pick up the show after ABC canceled it, and now they have to get the cast back. Luckily, that doesn’t seem like a big problem.
At least nine actors are nearing deals to stay on the show for another 22-episode season, TVLine reports. The returning actors are mostly members of the show’s major couples.
“Nashville” wouldn’t be the same without Rayna Jaymes, and it looks like she’ll still have her family by her side. Connie Britton will likely will return along with Charles Esten, who plays her onscreen husband, Deacon. Lennon Stella and Maisy Stella will return to play their daughters, Maddie and Daphne. The family seemed to finally be in a good place after Maddie decided she no longer wanted to be emancipated.
Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio, who portray Scarlett and Gunnar, are also expected to return. After their romantic reunion in the Season 4 finale, the characters will have to figure out how to function as a band and couple. Chris Carmack, who plays their friend Will, is also likely returning.
Finally, Hayden Panettiere and Jonathan Jackson are close to signing deals to return as well. “Nashville” fans will be relieved when the Juliette actress inks her contract. The Season 4 finale left Juliette on a plane that suddenly disappeared. The actress’ return means that viewers probably shouldn’t put dirt on Juliette’s grave just yet.
As IBT reported, Aubrey Peeples, who played Layla, and Will Chase, who played Luke, will not return for the drama’s fifth season. Broadway.com reports that Chase has instead taken a role as William Shakespeare in Broadway’s “Something Rotten.”
The slightly smaller cast might allow the show to focus on certain storylines more. Though Juliette’s Season 5 storyline will obviously be very dramatic, “Nashville” creator Callie Khouri hopes that the move to CMT allows the show to focus on stories that are a little less extravagant. “They are very interested in telling the same kinds of stories that I am, which is more emotional but less soapy,” she told CMT of the drama’s new writers. “You still have to have things that hook you emotionally. People have to feel involved.”
“Nashville” Season 5 does not have a premiere date on CMT yet.