The future was looking gloomy for the country music-themed drama “Nashville” after ABC did not renew it in May however Lionsgate has just announced that the CMT has swooped in to save the series from cancellation.
“CMT heard the fans,” said CMT president Brian Philips. “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.”
The show will now be on CMT instead of ABC
Lionsgate Entertainment, the studio behind the production, has confirmed that after weeks of negotiations with different cable channels, CMT has agreed to bring back the show into air, Entertainment Weekly reported.
One of the biggest reasons for CMT taking on “Nashville” under its wing is its legion of dedicated fans which could help the cable channel’s rating as it is expanding its offerings to include scripted shows, Fox News reported.
The new season will have new showrunners
Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick have also been confirmed to come back as showrunners and executive producers for the fifth season just like ABC promised to them months before the cancellation.
It will be easier to stream the show online
Lionsgate’s deal with CMT also includes a continuation of a prior deal between Hulu and ABC to start streaming episodes of the musical series a few days after airing on CMT.
The new season will have 22 episodes unlike 21 episodes in Season 4
Even more surprising is the fact that “Nashville” will have a full season count of 22 episodes, a rarity for cable network drama shows which usually have 10-16 episodes.
Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton might not appear in the next season
It is however unclear if series stars Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton will still appear on the show as deals with the actresses have not yet been finalized. Lionsgate TV chairman Kevin Beggs himself has said that the participation of the two stars is “essential” to the show’s future especially with the cliffhanger season 4 finale which saw the plane where Juliette Barnes (Panettiere) is on going missing.
The most recent season of “Nashville” gave ABC an average of 8 million viewers (including DVR) for every episode.