Nashville isn’t going anywhere.
CMT has renewed the country music drama for a 16-episode sixth season debuting in early 2018, ET has learned.
“Nashville is our biggest hit and we’re thrilled its fans have now become consistent CMT viewers,” said Brian Philips, President of CMT. “As fans ourselves, we couldn’t be happier with our hometown show’s creative resurgence! We can’t wait for you to see what comes next.”
Showrunner and executive producer Marshall Herskovitz gave a preview of where the characters are headed in the summer premiere, which picks up 10 weeks later. When the show returns, Deacon (Esten) helps Daphne (Stella Maisy), but Daphne feels unmotivated, while Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) offers Maddie unsolicited advice about a song. Meanwhile, Scarlett and Gunnar (Sam Palladio) receives news about the baby.
“What we’re promising, really, is this continuing process of deepening the relationships of these characters and following through them figuring out who they are in their lives, trying to make their way and getting into the real conflicts that happen. That’s going to be both wonderful and difficult,” Herskovitz teased.
Nashville will also welcome another addition to the cast -- and he’ll likely be stirring up trouble.
Big Little Lies
star Jeff Nordling
has joined the ensemble as Brad Maitland, an “extremely successful, charming, egotistical, narcissistic owner” of Nashville’s most successful record label. Nordling joins Rachel Bilson
and Kaitlin Doubleday
as the newest members of the Nashville family.
Nashville returns for the second half of season five on Thursday, June 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.