Music City's prayers are answered! Lionsgate confirms TV show Nashville has officially been picked up by CMT, swooping down in time to get the gears rolling on Season 5 of the former ABC show.
Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick will return as showrunners, and although much of the cast are as yet unconfirmed, including Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, this is the only small dark cloud over a sea of good news.
CMT seems to have some serious confidence in the show's continuation, with 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. CMT has also already confirmed a continued pact with Hulu to stream episodes the day after they've aired.
Network president Brian Philips explains Nashville is the perfect fit for 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 — may finally get some answers! A show with a fandom this strong deserves it.
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.
How excited are you to see Nashville saved?