“Nashville” will most likely feature some familiar faces when it returns for Season 5 on CMT.
ABC devastated fans of the primetime soap when it announced that the series would not return for a fifth season. The news came just a few weeks after “Thirtysomething” duo Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz were named new showrunners.
After the cancellation, fans were further upset when the season ended on a massive cliffhanger, leaving the fate of Panettiere’s character, Juliet Barnes, a mystery after her plane went missing. A rosier alternate ending was also shot, but producer Lionsgate opted for the open-ended route to bolster efforts to find the show a new home.
The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment. Production will commence in Nashville with Zwick and Herskovitz at the helm.
“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.