More good news for the Nashies! “Nashville” season 5 will see the return of Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes and Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes.
Following ABC’s cancellation of the show, CMT picked it up. This move then saved “Nashville” fans the heartache of not seeing Hayden Panettiere and Juliette Barnes on TV.
“Nashville” Season 5 will have Hayden Panettiere returning as Juliette and Connie Britton as Rayna, as reported by Movie News Guide, As of now however, there is no word yet on when the production will start.
Amid the move, Coming Soon reported that “Nashville” season 5 followers will still continue to watch their missed episodes via Hulu, which will stream the day after such were aired on CMT.
Helmed by “Thirtysomething” creators Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, the series will be produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment.
CMT president Bryan Philips revealed that the network was privy of the fans’ call for the continued airing of the TV program, thus the decision to take it in.
“CMT heard the fans,” he said. “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,” Philips added about the highly-anticipated “Nashville” season 5. “We see our fans and ourselves in this show and we will treasure it like no other network. ‘Nashville’ belongs on CMT.”
With CMT and Hulu’s partnership, the latter’s SVP and Head of Content Craig Erwich expressed the company’s commitment “to continue to make new episodes available for fans to stream the day after they air.”
He further stated that the company is looking forward “to bringing even more episodes of this acclaimed series to its passionate and devoted audience,” especially with the kind of partnership that CMT and Hulu has, which Lionsgate Television Group chairperson Kevin Beggs described as a “perfect combination for our iconic and beloved series ‘Nashville.’”
To date, there has been no confirmation yet about the premiere of “Nashville” season 5, but it may be by October, just like the schedule of the previous seasons’ release date.