Fans of the country music-inspired show Nashville are happy to hear that the show will return for a fifth season on country music channel CMT, with next-day viewing available on Hulu. The four-year old show ended its ABC run on May 25 after the network cancelled it. There were whispers that the show would be cancelled by the end of its second season (ABC’s ‘Nashville’ Renewed for Third Season Despite Rumors of Cancellation), but it held on and will continue to please musical and TV enthusiasts alike at its new network.
The show’s loyal devotees began campaigning for the musical drama to get picked up by another channel, inspired by such stories as The Mindy Project (FOX to Hulu), Cougar Town (ABC to TBS), and Supergirl (CBS to The CW). Fans, who developed the hashtag #BringBackNashville, rejoiced when news broke earlier this month of Nashville‘s move to CMT.
Jayson Dinsmore, head of development at CMT, told EW “A little over a year ago we made the decision to really lean into the brand with scripted series. Nashville fits perfectly.” The channel recently launched its first single-camera comedy, Still the King, starring Billy Ray Cyrus, to solid ratings. There will also be a 1950s Memphis drama Million Dollar Quartet, premiering this fall on the channel.
Referring to the newly-acquired Nashville, Dinsmore told Deadline, “Quite honestly, we looked at it and when it became available, we jumped. It really is sort of the natural evolution of the channel.”
It is unknown which series regulars will be returning but word is that negotiations are going smoothly with stars Hayden Panettiere (Juliet Barnes), Connie Britton (Rayna James), and Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne). However, two cast members will not be moving to TV’s home base for country music. So who jumped ship? – Will Chase, who plays Rayna’s ex-fiance, country superstar, and new label head Luke Wheeler, and Aubrey Peeples, who plays Layla Grant. Layla is the show’s “villian,” a conniving reality-star turned country star-on-the-rise who will say or do just about anything (or anyone) to get what she wants or to get even.
Chase, 45, and Peeples, 22, both joined the show’s cast in 2013 during its second season. At the time, Chase was most well-known for playing a musical theater star in NBC’s beloved short-lived series Smash while Peeples was an unknown. During her time on the show, she had the starring role in the live-action movie remake of Jem and the Holograms.
It is expected that the rest of the beloved cast, including Clare Bowen (Scarlett O’Connor), Chris Carmack (Will Lexington), and Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott) will return when the show continues this fall.
Here are a few of what I consider the show’s best musical moments in no particular order.
Season 1, Episode 1: “If I Didn’t Know Better” by Scarlett & Gunnar
Season 2, Episode 12: “This Time” by Rayna & Deacon
Season 1, Episode 2: “Undermine” Juliette & Deacon (click to watch on Youtube)
Season 1, Episode 12: “Consider Me” Juliette
Season 2, Episode 9: “A Life That’s Good” by Maddie & Daphne Conrad (Lennon and Maisy Stella)
Season 2, Episode 2: “No One Will Ever Love You” Rayna & Deacon
Season 4, Episode 20: “Soul Survivor” by Layla
Season 3, Episode 11 “Spinning Revolver” by Will & Kevin (Kyle Dean Massey)
Season 4, Episode 11: “When the Right One Comes Along” Scarlett & Gunnar
Season 3, Episode 16, “Can’t Help My Heart” by Luke
Season 4, Episode 5: “Telescope” Juliette & Maddie
Season 4, Episode 7: “Too Far From You” by Layla