Nashville is on the verge of making a comeback.
Series producer Lionsgate Television is deep in talks with country themed cable network CMT to bring the Connie Britton fronted series back for a fifth season, TVWise has confirmed. A formal announcement is expected to be made tomorrow, during the CMT Awards.
The former ABC drama, which was cancelled by the network is a surprise move last month, had largely been expected to make it to a fifth season, somewhere. In fact Lionsgate were so bullish on the prospect that they recently declared on a quarerly earnings call that they had been courted by numerous bidders and planned to be talking “about this show for years to come.”
The relative speed with which a deal has been able to made here is thanks to a number of factors. Key among them was that the entire cast is under contract for several more seasons; and that there is already a creative plan in place for season five, with Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick taking over as the new showrunners.
Owing to the fact that the show is going to CMT, Nashville is expected to produce a shorter season of around 10-13 episodes, rather than the 20-22 episodes Lionsgate produced for ABC over the past four seasons. Streaming service Hulu is also expected to get on-board and take SVOD rights to the new season. Deadline first reported Nashville’s pending move to CMT.