CMT's 'Nashville' Sets Date for Mid-Season Premiere

CMT picked up Nashville for its fifth season after ABC canceled the TV drama following Season 4, in 2016.

The network also revealed a Nashville midseason premiere date of Thursday, June 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

"Nashville is our biggest hit and we're thrilled its fans have now become consistent CMT viewers", said Brian Philips, President of CMT.

Over the course of the first half of the season, Philips added, the series notched almost 16 million total viewers on CMT alone and almost 23 million on CMT and Nick at Nite. When the series picks up, Rachel Bilson (Hart of Dixie), Kaitlin Doubleday (Empire), and Jeff Nordling (Big Little Lies) will join the show.

The series is executive produced by Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, along with Steve Buchanan and Callie Khouri.

Nashville has officially been renewed for a sixth season on CMT!

Scripted programming efforts at CMT are expected to scale back as Viacom executes a new strategic plan unveiled in February by CEO Bob Bakish, who called on the company to focus resources on six core cable brands - of which CMT is not one. "The adventures of Deacon, Juliette, Avery, Gunnar, Ghost Rayna and Scarlett (a sugar glider) have won the hearts of America, and I hope that Season 6 takes place in space".

"Nashville" is set against the backdrop of the city's music scene and follows the lives of country music superstars as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business.

Charles Esten, who plays Deacon, had the honor of sharing the good news via a Facebook Live video on Monday (April 10). Joseph David-Jones, Rhiannon Giddens, and Cameron Scoggins have recurring roles. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. It has also been nominated for multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards.

  • Salvatore Jensen