‘Nashville’ Season 5 Return Official, CMT Confirms
It’s official! “Nashville” season 5 will continue to air after CMT decided to become its new home.Advertisement
Following the cancellation of the musical drama series by ABC, its home network for four seasons, many fans appeared to be disappointed that they lobbied for its continued run, according to TV Line.
Good enough, CMT listened.
“CMT heard the fans,” network president Brian Philips said in a statement. “The wave of love and appreciation they have unleashed for Nashville has been overwhelming.”
Philips continued to dish that “Nashville” season 5 “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,” the executive added. “’Nashville’ belongs on CMT.”
With CMT’s positive response, Lionsgate Television Group chairperson Kevin Beggs thanked the fans via a statement saying, “#Nashies, you helped make this possible.”
Meanwhile, ABC Studios executive vice president Patrick Moran declared, “We always had faith that we would find a way to bring ‘Nashville’ back to its devoted fans, and we’re very proud to be in partnership with CMT and Hulu to extend the life of this series.”
Back in May, ABC Entertainment Group president Channing Dungey explained to The Hollywood Reporter why “Nashville” season 5 and “Castle” were cancelled.
“At the end of the day, we didn’t feel that even though ‘Castle’ and ‘Nashville’ were wonderful shows and good performers for a long time, the future for us didn’t lie in those shows,” Dungey noted.
He further narrated that “Looking at ratings, our own finances and looking at new development, decisions came down to the wire, which is the difficult thing about these jobs as we weigh and measure different things.”
As reported by ComingSoon.net, “Nashville,” prior to its renewal for season 5, was in the top 20 among the than 180 broadcast dramas since Fall 2012.