Nashville fans rejoice! The canceled ABC show will officially live on at CMT. According to a press release on Friday, June 10, the country musical drama’s fifth season will also be available to stream on Hulu a day after it airs on CMT.
A premiere date has yet to be released, but the fifth season will include 22 episodes. It’s also unclear if Hayden Panettiere and fellow cast members, including Connie Britton, will return.
After ABC pulled the plug on the series after four seasons in May, Lionsgate TV revealed via Twitter that there was hope for the show to be revived on another network.
The May 25 series finale left fans with a major cliffhanger — Panettiere’s character, country superstar Juliette Barnes, went missing in a plane crash.
“You know, I was not necessarily surprised,” Britton (who played Juliette’s older rival, Rayna James) told Entertainment Tonight after the show got canceled. “And, so, I try to really put a silver lining on it and just say, ‘Hey, we got four years out of it and I really, really value the experience.’”
As previously reported by Us, Panettiere checked back into rehab for postpartum depression this past May, around the same time as Nashville’s cancellation. “The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life,” she shared via Twitter on May 12. “Rather than stay stuck due to unhealthy coping mechanisms I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life. Wish me luck!”
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