CMT Picks Up Fifth Season Of 'Nashville'

Posted at 11:28 AM, Jun 10, 2016

The television series "Nashville" is getting a second life.

The country-oriented CMT network said Friday it will make a fifth season of the music-oriented drama, which had been canceled less than a month ago by ABC.

CMT has ordered 22 new episodes of the show, which corresponds to a typical broadcast television season. CMT would not say when it will begin airing "Nashville."

There was no word Friday on how many of the show's regular cast members will return. The show will have new producers, with "Thirtysomething" creators Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz taking over.

The season 5 renewal ensures that the show will cross the 100-episode mark -- adding increased value in syndication.

The show has already been credited with giving the city more national exposure, while adding to an unprecedented streak of 66 months of tourism growth, officials said.  

“This is great news for Nashville! Not only will hundreds of film production workers be keeping their jobs, we will also be keeping the greatest advertising tool for Music City that we have ever seen,” said Mayor Megan Barry.

According to a release, season 5 would be "more Tennessee-centered than ever."