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‘Nashville’ in Talks for Season 5 at CMT

Primetime soap starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere could find new life after cancellation at ABC

“Nashville” could be back for a fifth season.

Lionsgate TV is currently in talks with CMT to renew the show for another season following its cancellation at ABC, TheWrap has learned.

ABC devastated fans of the primetime soap starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere when it announced last month that the series would not return for Season 5. The news came just a few weeks after “Thirtysomething” duo Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz were named new showrunners for next season.

After the cancellation, fans were further upset when the season ended on a massive cliffhanger, leaving the fate of Panettiere’s Juliet Barnes a mystery when the character’s plane went missing. A rosier alternate ending was also shot, but producers Lionsgate opted for the open-ended route to bolster attempts to find the show a new home.

A “Nashville” pickup by CMT would continue the network’s push into scripted fare.

The series would join the Billy Ray Cyrus comedy “Still the King” and the drama Chad Michael Murray-led music drama “Million Dollar Quartet,” both currently slated to premiere later this year.

“Nashville” premiered on ABC in October 2012. It was created by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri and produced by R.J. Cutler, Khouri, Dee Johnson, Steve Buchanan and Britton.