Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere Poised to Return to ‘Nashville’ Season 5 on CMT

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With “Nashville” heading to CMT, the fifth season is shaping up — and that means talks with the cast are nearing their end.

Sources close to the show tell Variety that the original cast is almost set to return, but you can bet on it being a done deal.

Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella and Chris Carmack are all poised to return as series regulars.

Both CMT and Lionsgate declined to comment.


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Despite reports that Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples will not return, Variety has learned that discussions are currently happening to bring the actors back for a few select episodes to wrap up their storylines — though they would not be back as series regulars.

Before CMT had officially picked up “Nashville” after ABC cancelled the fan-favorite show after four seasons, Lionsgate had been aggressively shopping the series around. During the process, Lionsgate’s head of TV, Kevin Beggs, noted that the cast is all under long term deals. Today, TVLine was first to report the news of Britton, Panettiere and the other core cast members returning.

For Season 5, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz will serve as showrunners. The duo was brought on to the show before ABC cancelled it.

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  1. rbinders says:

    When will season 5 begin ? Thanks CMT for airing this😊 Love this show!

  2. Brenda Carr-Rowan says:

    When is the season premiere. I LOVE this show. Please make sure Scarlet and Hunter are brought back. Love this couple!!

  3. tdoa says:

    Well I guess it’s a spoiler that if Hayden is back then Juliet survived the plane crash

  4. Laura Perez says:

    which characters are will chase and aubrey peeples

  5. Dennis says:

    I absolutely adore this show. Thank you CMT!

  6. SusanB says:

    So thrilled CMT saw the obvious, that Nashville is well worth bringing to their network! This is one of the greatest series that people aged 20’s to 60’s can relate to and enjoy! The fact that filming is done in some if the famous bars/ music venues, makes it that much more realistic, and the storylines draw on real life issues. The actors/ actresses are perfectly cast, the music is AWESOME, and I couldn’t be happier that it’s going to be on the channel it deserves to be on! I hope Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz pick up where we left off, that is with JULIETTES plane missing and Avery and their daughter waiting at the airport. I can’t wait for the new season!!! Thank You CMT for believing!!! Yeeessss!

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