‘Nashville’ Renewed by CMT for Season 6; Midseason Premiere Date Set

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Nashville” has been renewed by CMT for a sixth season. The cable channel also set June 1 as the return date for the back half of the drama’s current fifth season.

Season six will consist of 16 new episodes and is set to premiere in early 2018.

CMT became the new home of “Nashvile” last year when ABC canceled the country-music drama after the end of its fourth season. The first 11 episodes of season five averaged a 0.2 live-plus-same day Nielsen rating in the 18-49 demo and 900,000 total viewers — numbers that paled in comparison to what the series drew on broadcast, but were solid for a cable channel with limited scripted programming presence such as CMT. In live-plus seven numbers, the first half of season five averaged 2.1 million viewers, making it the most watched show in CMT history.


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The first half of season five featured the death of lead character Rayna James, played by Connie Britton. Producers announced last month that Rachel Bilson and Kaitlin Doubleday would join the cast of the show for the season’s second half. Jeff Nordling (“Big Little Lies”) has also been cast to recur in the role of Brad Maitland for the remainder of the season.

“Nashville” is executive produced by Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, Steve Buchanan, and Callie Khouri. The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios, and Opry Entertainment.

For season six, new episodes will continue to be made available to stream on Hulu the day after they premiere 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. But speaking to Variety last month, Kevin Kay, president of Paramount Network, TV Land, and CMT, said that “Nashville” would not move off of CMT as part of that execution.

“One of the things that we have to be conscious of is that TV Land and CMT are vibrant brands that are incredibly successful and make a lot of money,” Kay said. “The cornerstones of those networks need to stay on those networks.”

Watch a teaser for the second half of season five below:

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  1. Linda Martin says:

    I want Connie Britton back on Nashville. Her and Deacon make that show. I love the others also but i really did love the 2 actors that played Reyna and Deacon. Please bring them back together on the show. I know you could make it happen. Nashville is the best show that’s been on for years!

  2. Judy says:

    when does the second half of season five air on tv and where will it air?

  3. Carol Emola says:

    I cannot believe that they would kill off the main character in the show. I loved Rayna and thought she just made it all so believable.

  4. Marla says:

    I’m excited too, I love that show as all my friends do as well.

  5. I am sooooo excited I love the show and can’t wait for the 2nd half of season 5!!!!

    • Connie wanted to leave the show for other reasons. I am surprised they do not go after another singer such as Pamala Stanley for this role. Pamala could pull this off really easily as she is a great singer whom has been churning out hits since 1978. She is built like Connie and resembles Connie. Pamala stated she would be interested in it. Maybe she could be a twin of Rayna’s that was separated at birth. Pamala has done Dance music but she could twang it up for this part.Nashville is the greatest show in a long long time. I have not been able to see it since it was removed by the Network as we do not have cable or dish etc. If there are powers that be that want to check Pamala out she is a friend of mine on Facebook.

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