CMT Gives Nashville a Fifth Season


NASHVILLE/SANTA MONICA: Nashville has found a new home for its fifth season, with CMT and Hulu striking a deal with Lionsgate and ABC Studios to bring the show back.

Nashville recently wrapped its fourth season on ABC, which decided not to renew the country-music drama. Following outcry from fans, the series was picked up by CMT. SVOD partner Hulu will make episodes available to stream the day after their linear broadcast.

“CMT heard the fans,” said Brian Philips, the president of CMT. “The wave of love and appreciation they have unleashed for Nashville has been overwhelming. Nashville is a perfect addition to our evolving lineup 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.”

Nashville has long been a fan-favorite show on Hulu and we are so proud to continue to make new episodes available for fans to stream the day after they air,” added Craig Erwich, the senior VP and head of content at Hulu. “We look forward to bringing even more episodes of this acclaimed series to its passionate and devoted audience.”

“CMT and Hulu are the perfect combination for our iconic and beloved series Nashville and we want to thank the incredible fans for their unwavering support—#Nashies, you helped make this possible,” said Kevin Beggs, the chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group. “We also want to extend our appreciation to the State of Tennessee, City of Nashville, and Ryman Hospitality for their unending support. They have been a key ingredient to the continued success of this show and we’re thrilled to extend our partnership for a fifth season.”

“We always had faith that we would find a way to bring Nashville back to its devoted fans, and we’re very proud to be in partnership with CMT and Hulu to extend the life of this series,” commented Patrick Moran, the executive VP of ABC Studios.