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It's official! CMT picks up 'Nashville' for a fifth season

Rayna + Deacon forever!


Rayna + Deacon forever!



Our prayers have been answered, fellow Nashville fans! CMT will give us 22 more episodes, hopefully this fall, of our favorite country drama. ABC axed the show last month after leaving us with a rude cliffhanger.

When we talked to Charles Esten, who plays the conflicted charmer Deacon Claybourne before his Clearwater show in April, he admitted to never knowing the show's future before filming a finale. And even though mostly every character on the show got a somewhat happy ending during the show's fourth season ender, it was Juliette's (Hayden Panettiere) fate that hung in the air, literally. Her plane went missing, leaving Avery, and all of us, frazzled.

They'll be new showrunners on board, whose credentials include My So-Called Life and thirtysomething. Here's hoping Nashville leaves some of that shaky melodrama behind for some more country tunes and better (and fewer) character arcs.

Just please don't cast anymore dark and handsome men. I can't even believe I'm even saying that, but I can't keep them straight.

The CMT deal also includes a pact with Hulu to continue streaming the episodes the day after they air live.

But what's not clear just yet is if all the stars will be coming back full-time. Connie Britton's and Panettiere's characters are the show's backbone and without them, we're not sure we'll tune in. 

Other shows that jumped channels include The Mindy Project (from Fox to Hulu) and Community (from NBC to Yahoo!). Mindy has been doing all right, but Community faded quickly even though it had a strong fanbase.

And Nashville's support has been unreal. The city and the state of Tennessee helped commission its return. So, CMT, please hold up your end of the bargain! Don't let us down.

[Last modified: Friday, June 10, 2016 12:32pm]


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