ABC had previously cancelled the series
Last month, it was reported that Nashville was not included in ABC’s 15 show renewal announcement. It stars Connie Britton, who also produced the show. The finale of season four aired on May 25 in America.
Co-star Hayden Panettiere had recently taken an absence of leave following the birth of her first child. According to Billboard, Britton had spoken out about an anti-LGBT law passed in Tennessee where the show was filmed. This was rumoured to be a factor in its cancellation.
However, it has been announced today that CMT will bring back the show for a fifth season. Speaking to Variety, CMT president Brian Philips 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,” he continued. “We see our fans and ourselves in this show and we will treasure it like no other network. ‘Nashville’ belongs on CMT.”
Craig Erwich, SVP and Head of Content, Hulu said “We look forward to bringing even more episodes of this acclaimed series to its passionate and devoted audience.” The show will continue to air on Hulu with a premiere date for the new season – as well as casting details – is yet to be announced.