3:45pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Nashville' Nearing Season 5 Renewal at CMT
Nashville might have found a new home.
The country music drama, canceled after four seasons at ABC, is near a deal for a fifth-season rescue by Viacom-owned CMT, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
CMT was one of the rumored potential homes for Nashville — Hulu, Lifetime, Bravo and E! also had been mentioned in recent weeks as producer Lionsgate Television has remained steadfast in its pursuit of a fifth season. A formal announcement could come Wednesday during the CMT Awards. Sources tell THR the central issue is stacking rights, as CMT, Hulu and Lionsgate TV are eyeing a number of different options.
A Nashville revival also would mean a likely dual window for the drama starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere. Hulu, which already had second-window rights to the former ABC series, had been mentioned as a potential exclusive home. Having CMT and Hulu share in the window for Nashville would make sense given the sizable price tag on the series. CMT already has syndication rights to the first three seasons of the drama.