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‘Nashville’ to Add New Showrunners Next Season

Nashville” will see new showrunners come aboard if the ABC drama is renewed, Variety has learned.

Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, whose credits include “My So-Called Life” and “Thirtysomething,” have signed on to join for a possible fifth season. They would replace outgoing showrunner Dee Johnson.

Herskovitz and Zwick signed a first-look deal last fall with Lionsgate Televiosion, which produces “Nashville.” They would join the show only if it nets another season from ABC. The network renewed 15 shows earlier this month, but “Nashville” was not one of them. The series, starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, joins “The Muppets,” “Agent Carter,” “Castle,” “Dr. Ken,” “Last Man Standing,” “Galavant” and “American Crime” as shows still awaiting word from ABC on their futures.

“Nashville” returned from hiatus last week, drawing a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 in Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers and 4.3 million total viewers, up one tenth of a point from its midseason finale.

Herskovitz and Zwick had, individually and through their production company Bedford Falls, been focused on writing and directing features in recent years. Their other TV credits include “Relativity” and “Once and Again.” Herskovitz was president of the Producers Guild of America from 2006 to 2010.

TV Line first reported news of the showrunner change at “Nashville.”

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