It appears Nashville Season 5 HAS been Picked Up!
As we reported a couple of weeks ago, the producers of Nashville, Lionsgate TV, weren’t about to let a little thing like being cancelled by ABC in the US stop them from continuing the series. They were so confident they could find a new home for the show, they even ended on a cliffhanger, despite having filmed an alternative ‘wrap up’ ending for season 4.
It seems their confidence was well placed, as tennessean.com is reporting that Lionsgate are have closed a deal with country-music network CMT for the musical drama and US streaming network Hulu, allowing the show to run on a broadcast network and streaming service in the US.
Lionsgate had already funded the writers room for season 5, and had the story mapped out with Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, who take over as showrunners.
CMT seems like a natural home for a show like Nashville in the US. In the UK, the series had aired on More4, but moved to Sky Living for season 4. It seems likely, if that goes well, season 5 will end up there too.