CMT Swoops in to Save ‘Nashville’

Nashies’ are answered! Lionsgate confirms TV show ‘Nashville’ has officially been picked up by CMT, swooping in in time to get the gears rolling on Season 5 of the former ABC show.

Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick will returns as showrunners, though much of the cast are as of yet unconfirmed to return, including Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere. This being the only small dark cloud in a sea of good news.

CMT seems to have some serious confidence in the show’s continuation. The network picked up the show for 22 episodes, going outside the norm for a usual cable series which typically has a 13-episode season. They’ve also already confirmed a continued pact with Hulu to stream episodes the day after they’ve aired.

CMT president Brian Philips explains the perfect fit for Nashville on his network saying:

“CMT heard the fans. The wave of love and appreciation they have unleashed for Nashville has been overwhelming. Nashville is a perfect addition to our evolving line-up of big music specials, documentaries, and original series. We see our fans and ourselves in this show and we will treasure it like no other network. Nashville belongs on CMT.”

This means fans agonizing over what happened to Juliette (Panettiere) — last seen in an airplane gone missing — in the season 4 finale may finally get some answers! A show with fans this strong deserves it!

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Even Kevin Beggs, chairman of Lionsgate Television Group, admits to the power of the devoted fan:

“CMT and Hulu are the perfect combination for our iconic and beloved series Nashville and we want to thank the incredible fans for their unwavering support – #Nashies, you helped make this possible.”

Stay tuned for more news on when we can expect to see Nashville back on the air and which of our favorite stars will be returning.

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