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It’s the news #Nashies have been waiting for!
The fifth season of Nashville will kick off with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Nashville is set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Both women face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them and often complicating their lives are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Music City can mean so many things to different people.
In Nashville, musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and are doing everything in their power to stay on top.
Christmas may be coming early for Nashville fans.
Series creator Callie Khouri allegedly announced at tonight’s Grant Ole Opry concert, which counted Nashville star Charles Esten among its headliners, that the ex-ABC drama would launch its fifth season on CMT and Hulu this December.
“Great news #Nashville fans! Creater @CallieKhouri announced on the @opry w/ @CharlesEsten 2nite that #Nashville will b back in DECEMBER! 🎉🙌”
“.@CharlesEsten just brought some news about #NashvilleCMT… It will return to @CMT and @hulu this December!”
When reached for comment, a CMT spokesperson, however, maintained to TVLine that a Season 5 premiere date had not been set.
CMT announced in early June that it had officially ordered a 22-episode fifth season of the Connie Britton-Hayden Panettiere musical soap in the wake of the show’s surprising cancellation at ABC. As part of the deal, Hulu will stream each episode the day after it airs on the cable network.
With the exception of Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples, who played Luke and Layla, respectively, the entire cast — including Britton and Panettiere — will be back for Season 5. Thirtysomething‘s Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, meanwhile, have replaced Dee Johnson as showrunner.
It has been quite a tumultuous past few months for the cast and crew of ABC’s “Nashville,” the show that was shockingly canceled by its network back in May, only to be picked up by CMT in June. Not everyone is on board for the move, however, as Will Chase, who plays Rayna Jaymes’ love interest Luke Wheeler, and Aubrey Peeples (who plays Layla Grant), were both let go before the show moved to CMT.
Back in May, Lionsgate TV chairman Kevin Beggs spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about how they pushed for the cliffhanger ending of Season 4, saying that the ending that ultimately hit the airwaves was the one they were rooting for in the beginning, despite filming a happier ending. He added that they would not have pushed for such a cliffhanger ending if they had known that there was no chance at all for “Nashville” season 5 to hit the airwaves.
“In our estimation, to go with a quickly assembled too-easy wrap-up is more of a disservice to the fans who have invested four years in this great cast and these great stories. And there’s more stories to tell,” Beggs promised. Whatever stories that may be, it seems that production, which is now headed by new showrunners Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, is keeping tight-lipped about what is to unfold in “Nashville” season 5.
What’s for sure, however, is that CMT has ordered 22 episodes for “Nashville” season 5, which will see the return of series regulars Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella, and Chris Carmack.
Meanwhile, the cast of “Nashville” season 5 recently made an appearance in the live-streaming web series, “Skyville Live.” In fact, the cast reminded audiences of the strength of their bond through a glorious performance of The Beatles’ classic, “With a Little Help from My Friends,” a seemingly appropriate song following the tumultuous events of the past months. Head over to Rolling Stone to watch the performance.
“Nashville” season 5 is set to make its debut on CMT this fall.
When the fate of the television show Nashville was being decided, Clare Bowen had other events on her mind, like playing a sold out tour in her home country of Australia.
“We didn’t know what the Australian market was like over there we said so let’s just put out like three shows and we’ll see what happens,” Bowen shares with Sounds Like Nashville. “They sold out very quickly which was a bit of a shock. So we put some more shows on.”
The initial reason for the trip isn’t as good news as a sold out tour, though. Bowen took the trip in the first place to visit her brother, Timothy, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
“My brother was diagnosed with cancer around Christmas time. So the initial reason for going back was to give him as much of my bone marrow as I could,” she continues. And not too long after, Timothy was getting better. So much better, he even jumped on stage with his sister. “Timothy was actually well enough to open for us and he did so great.”
While on her sold out trek, the 32-year-old singer/actress took a trip down memory lane. She stopped at an old bar where she served drinks, waiting for her big break. But this time around, she was on the other side of that bar top.
“I actually got to play in one of the places where I used to work behind the bar,” the singer and actress admits. “I have the deepest and utmost respect for everybody in hospitality and service jobs. While I was playing, I was like ‘I cleaned up wet feathers right there after the Bacardi festival. It was really wonderful.”
Bowen is currently in the studio working on her upcoming debut album. During a stream of the online-series Skyville Live, she shared one of the songs that will be featured on the project, titled “I’m Still Here.” The humbling track was written about her ill brother and is an anthem of hope for those who need it most.
New Material From Esten and Bowen on the Way
Wednesday’s (July 13) Skyville Live salute to Music City featured dynamic performances by Chris Carmack, Mark Collie, Lennon & Maisy, J.D. Souther and Pam Tillis plus new music announcements from Clare Bowen and Charles Esten.
Backed by an all-star band that included Canadian bluesman Colin Linden, each act onstage entertained with two songs and shared special music memories that will forever tie them to Music City, U.S.A.
Esten and Collie kicked off the night with their duet “Spin the Wheel.” Then Esten delivered the live performance premiere of his new single “Through the Blue,” a song he wrote with Kendell Marvel and Tim James as a reminder that life’s dark times never hang around long. Starting Friday (July 15) with “Through the Blue,” Esten revealed he will release a new single every Friday via iTunes in a new initiative called #EverySingleFriday. The new songs are from a catalog of material he’s written since joining Nashville four seasons ago.
Next, Bowen revealed she’s been splitting time between the road and the studio and has a full length album in the works. Going barefoot and dressed like an angel in a white tea length dress, she performed her love song “I’m Still Here,” which was inspired by her fiancé Brandon Young. Bowen co-wrote the song with John Paul White, who co-wrote one of Nashville’s earlier hits “If I Didn’t Know Better.”
Souther dedicated his portion of the show to Linda Ronstadt with “Faithless Love” and the late Glenn Frey with the Eagles classic “Heartache Tonight.” Ronstadt originally recorded “Faithless Love” for her 1974 album Heart Like a Wheel (Glen Campbell also recorded a version for his 1984 album Letter to Home).
Souther’s story behind writing “Heartache Tonight,” made those watching at home wish they were at the show. At the time Souther and Frey started the classic rock anthem, they were walking around Souther’s pool while on a break from writing another song. Souther had the melody and Frey started clapping. Then Don Henley joined in and then Frey got Bob Seger on the phone to finish the song. And, voilà, a co-write between four rock legends was born.
Looking a little taller and even more beautiful, Lennon & Maisy entertained with a two-song set that included their airy Charli XCX cover, “Boom Clap” and their version of “Lean On” by Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring MØ.
Then Carmack took the stage with the lead single from his Pieces of You EP, “Being Alone,” and proceeded to blow the roof off the place with a naughty blues number called “Sweet Little Angel.”
Tillis introduced the band and sang a powerful version of “Maybe It Was Memphis.”
Collie rocked the stage with Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and shared details on an upcoming documentary about his time bringing live music to inmates as an essential part of their rehabilitation. Before leaving the stage, Collie shared a powerful message in light of the recent tragedies in Dallas and Orlando, Florida.
“Love your neighbor,” he told the crowd. “Hug your brothers and sisters. And thank a cop for keeping you safe.”
An inspirational performance of “On the Day I Die” closed his portion of the show. Then Souther returned to the stage to sing “I’ll Be Here at Closing Time,” a song he wrote about an attractive waitress with an alluring walk he noticed once while writing music at a restaurant.
The night wrapped with the entire lineup singing the Joe Cocker version of “With a Little Help from My Friends.”
I’ve added some lovely new HQ photos of Clare from her performance yesterday and the promotional images she did for it. She looked amazing and sparkly as always! Big thanks to my friends AliKat and Samantha for these lovely photos.
I’ve added screencaps of Clare from the Skyville Live Stream Nashville Concert Clare did last night with a big portion of the Nashville cast and other special guests. It was a great show. Clare performed a song called I’m Still Here that will be on her album for the first time. What a treat!
They’re Back! Skyville Hosts the Stars of Nashville
We’re livestreaming the concert tonight at 8/7C.
Rated Red’s Paxton Elrod sits down with the stars of Nashville—including Charles Esten, Clare Bowen and Chris Carmack—to talk about tonight’s special reunion at Skyville Live. “The Magic of Music City” should tide you over until the hit show’s fifth season debuts on CMT.