CMT Sets ‘Nashville’ Return For January



Fans of Deacon Claybourne, Scarlett O’Connor, Juliette Barnes and Rayna James will be able to catch up on their lives starting January 5, 2017.

That’s when the CMT network will premiere the fifth season of “Nashville,” the country music-filled drama that the cable network added to its lineup after ABC pulled the plug on the series in May, ending a four-year run on broadcast television.

A special two-hour Season 5 premiere will air from 9pm-11pm on Jan 5.

Hour-long episodes will air at 9pm on subsequent Thursday evenings.

As was the case when “Nashville” aired on ABC, Hulu will air episodes of the show a full day after they appear on CMT.

“Nashville” lead Connie Britton (pictured, in chair) is said to be appearing only in 10 episodes of season 5, however.

The show is getting a full 22 episodes on CMT, with Lionsgate lensing season 5.


Variety also reports that CMT will air a limited original series, “Million Dollar Quartet,” set for a March premiere. The series focus on the birth of rock ‘n’ roll amid the rise of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

The Billy Ray Cyrus scripted comedy “Still The King” is coming back for a second season, while a pilot has been ordered for the scripted series “His Wives & Daughters.”

“After a promising start with ‘Still The King,’ we now have a clear path in attracting new audiences with our scripted programming,” CMT head of development Jayson Dinsmore said in a statement. “Beginning with ‘Nashville’ in January, each series will help launch the next; creating an overlay to cycle viewers through our originals year round.”