'Nashville' officially renewed for season 5 at CMT

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"Nashville" has officially been renewed for Season 5 on CMT, Variety has learned. Hulu will continue to make "Nashville" episodes available to stream the day after they air on CMT.

"CMT heard the fans. The wave of love and appreciation they have unleashed for 'Nashville' has been overwhelming," said Brian Philips, President of CMT. "'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," said Craig Erwich, SVP and Head of Content, 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," said Kevin Beggs, Chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group. "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."

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'Nashville' officially renewed for season 5 at CMT
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: Actress Hayden Panettiere, wife of Wladimir Klitschko shows her support prior to the IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight World Championship contest between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury at Esprit-Arena on November 28, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: Actress Hayden Panettiere, wife of Wladimir Klitschko (L) poses prior to the IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight World Championship contest between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury at Esprit-Arena on November 28, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: Actress Hayden Panettiere, wife of Wladimir Klitschko shows her support prior to the IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight World Championship contest between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury at Esprit-Arena on November 28, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: Actress Hayden Panettiere, wife of Wladimir Klitschko poses prior to the IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight World Championship contest between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury at Esprit-Arena on November 28, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: Actress Hayden Panettiere, wife of Wladimir Klitschko poses prior to the IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight World Championship contest between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury at Esprit-Arena on November 28, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Boxer Wladimir Klitschko and actress/model Hayden Panettiere attend the 34th Annual Sports Emmy Awards Reception at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Actress Hayden Panettiere tapes an interview at 'Good Morning America' at the ABC Times Square Studios on April 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
Hayden Panettiere arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 25: Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere attend the Giorgio Armani show during Milan Menswear Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014 on June 25, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
Hayden Panettiere arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - OCTOBER 16: Hayden Panettiere girlfriend of Wladimir Klitschko poses before the WBC Heavyweight World Championship fight between Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine and Shannon Briggs of USA at O2 world on October 16, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Actress Hayden Panettiere arrives on the red carpet for the 66th Emmy Awards, August 25, 2014 at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. Brown (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22: Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko attend Paulie Malignaggi vs Adrien Broner boxing match at Barclays Center on June 22, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Actress Hayden Panettiere (R) and boxer Wladimir Klitschko arrive at the 2011 InStyle/Warner Brothers Golden Globes Party at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: 66th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Hayden Panettiere arrives to the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Jason Kempin/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
Natalia Klitschko, left, wife of Ukrainian politician and former boxer Vitali Klitschko, and US actress Hayden Panettiere, right, girl friend of IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko from Ukraine watch Wladimir Klitschko's heavyweight world title boxing fight against his Australian challenger Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, western Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: E! LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Hayden Panettiere and TV personality Giuliana Rancic visit E! 'Live From The Red Carpet' at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Actress Hayden Panettiere attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 07: Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko attend the Ein Herz Fuer Kinder Gala 2013 at Flughafen Tempelhof on December 7, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE - 'You're Lookin' At Country' - It's country music's biggest night of the year at the 48th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville. Up for a total of 11 awards between them, Rayna and Luke's evening begins with an unfortunate hitch when Rayna stumbles upon Luke's pre-nuptial agreement documents, causing for some friction between them. Later, Avery's parents are in town for the show as Avery is nominated for a CMA Award. What should be a lovely reunion takes a turn when Avery introduces them to Juliette. Meanwhile, Gunnar and Zoey's relationship is tested and Deacon and Scarlett watch the awards from home, on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) FRANCINE LOCKE, HAYDEN PANETTIERE
Actress Vanessa Hudgens and actress Hayden Panettiere pose at VH1 Save The Music Foundation's Neutrogena Fresh Faces Music Benefit at Jim Henson Studios on September 26, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE - 'You're Lookin' At Country' - It's country music's biggest night of the year at the 48th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville. Up for a total of 11 awards between them, Rayna and Luke's evening begins with an unfortunate hitch when Rayna stumbles upon Luke's pre-nuptial agreement documents, causing for some friction between them. Later, Avery's parents are in town for the show as Avery is nominated for a CMA Award. What should be a lovely reunion takes a turn when Avery introduces them to Juliette. Meanwhile, Gunnar and Zoey's relationship is tested and Deacon and Scarlett watch the awards from home, on 'Nashville,' WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Mark Levine/ABC via Getty Images) HAYDEN PANETTIERE
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: 66th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Hayden Panettiere speaks on stage during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Mark Davis/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: 66th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actresses Hayden Panettiere and Uzo Aduba speak on stage during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Mark Davis/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: 66th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Hayden Panettiere poses backstage during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: 66th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Hayden Panettiere and director Gail Mancusok, winnner of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, pose backstage during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Actress Hayden Panettiere attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Audi)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Actress Hayden Panettiere attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
EXCLUSIVE - Hayden Panettiere, left, and Uzo Aduba speak in the green room at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Hayden Panettiere presents the award for outstanding directing for a comedy series on stage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Actress Hayden Panettiere arrives on the red carpet for the 66th Emmy Awards, August 25, 2014 at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. Brown (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Hayden Panettiere, left, and director Gail Mancuso backstage at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Hayden Panettiere (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 11: Actress Hayden Panettiere arrives for the 6th Annual Hollywood Style Awards at Armand Hammer Museum on October 11, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)
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Hayden Panettiere during Olympus Fashion Week Fall 2005 - Zac Posen - After Party sponsored by MAC COSMETICS at Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City, New York. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Hayden Panettiere during HBO Films Presents Iron Jawed Angels Premiere Party at The Highlands Annex in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Hayden Panettiere (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Hayden Panettiere during the New York Premiere of 'Tiger Cruise' at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on August 3, 2004. 'Tiger Cruise' premieres Friday, August 6th on the Disney Channel. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage for ABC Cable Networks Group)
Hayden Panettiere during Harvey Fierstein Hosts The Fragrance Foundation's 31st Annual 'FIFI' Awards at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Hayden Panettiere (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
387258 03: Actress Hayden Panettiere arrives at the world premiere of 'NSYNC-Bigger Than Live The Concert Movie' March 30, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jason Kirk/Newsmakers)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1750 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Hayden Panettiere during an interview with host Jay Leno on December 30, 1999 (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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"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, ABC Studios.

On Tuesday, Variety reported that CMT was the venue that had landed the former ABC series, after four to five different platforms expressed interest in picking up the cancelled drama. Lionsgate was aggressive in shopping "Nashville" around after it was cancelled in May.

ABC axed the series after four seasons. Though its fans — known as "Nashies" — are rabidly passionate, the numbers weren't strong enough for the broadcast network to renew it, with an average 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.7 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen's "live plus-7" estimates.

For the fifth season, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz are on board as showrunners. The duo were brought on to the show before ABC cancelled it.

The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios, and Opry Entertainment. The deal, negotiated by Lionsgate Television Group President Sandra Stern on behalf of Lionsgate and ABC Studios, Sarah Levy of Viacom Kids and Family Group on behalf of CMT, and Hulu executives, is an orchestrated initiative to ensure that "Nashville" fans will continue to have the same level of access to their favorite show.

No word yet on a premiere date for Season 5 or potential cast shakeups.

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