According to reports from The Tennessean on Tuesday (June 7) multiple sources “familiar with the discussions” revealed that CMT and Lionsgate TV were “in talks” to bring back Nashville for a fifth season.
ABC cancelled the country music-filled TV show on May 12, meaning its Season 4 finale on May 25th served as the series finale. Fans were outraged when the show went out with a cliffhanger, but the decision to do so was strategic.
Lionsgate felt that there were more stories that needed to be told and with hopes of finding a new network, they took a risk and we have been patiently waiting to see if it paid off.
There were rumors that a huge announcement would be made at the CMT Awards if a deal was finalized at a meeting Wednesday (June 8) morning.
Just a few minutes before the awards show began, The Tennessean reported that CMT and Lionsgate may not be ready to make an announcement quite yet.
The Tennessean now reports that executives were able to come to an agreement on Thursday night (June 9). Season 5 of Nashville will now be broadcasted on CMT and Hulu!
CMT President Brian Philips says, “CMT heard the fans. The wave of love and appreciation they have unleashed for ‘Nashville’ has been overwhelming.” He further states, “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.”
Our prayers have been answered! Here’s to a dramatic Season 5 with lots of great music!