And the deal is done.
CMT and Hulu announced today that they have officially picked up recently canceled ABC drama “Nashville” for a fifth season.
The country drama will air its new episodes on CMT first, with Hulu offering them to stream a day later.
Marshall Herskowitz and Ed Zwick were tapped as the new showrunners shortly before ABC canceled the drama, a job they now will be able to perform.
“CMT heard the fans. The wave of love and appreciation they have unleashed for ‘Nashville’ has been overwhelming,”Brian Philips, President of CMT, said in a statement. “‘Nashville’ is a perfect addition to our evolving line-up of big music specials, documentaries, and original series. We see our fans and ourselves in this show and we will treasure it like no other network. Nashville belongs on CMT.”
“‘Nashville’ has long been a fan favorite show on Hulu and we are so proud to continue to make new episodes available for fans to stream the day after they air,” added Craig Erwich, SVP and Head of Content over at Hulu. “We look forward to bringing even more episodes of this acclaimed series to its passionate and devoted audience.”
“CMT and Hulu are the perfect combination for our iconic and beloved series ‘Nashville’ and we want to thank the incredible fans for their unwavering support – #Nashies, you helped make this possible,” Kevin Beggs, Chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group said. “We also want to extend our appreciation to the State of Tennessee, City of Nashville, and Ryman Hospitality for their unending support. They have been a key ingredient to the continued success of this show and we’re thrilled to extend our partnership for a fifth season.”
“We always had faith that we would find a way to bring ‘Nashville’ back to its devoted fans, and we’re very proud to be in partnership with CMT and Hulu to extend the life of this series,” said Patrick Moran, Executive Vice President at ABC Studios.