Good news for Nashville fans. Even with the exit of Connie Britton, Nashville will return to CMT for a new 16-episode season, beginning in early 2018. The network has also revealed a midseason premiere date for season five on Thursday, June 1 at 9 p.m. ET. Longtime SVOD partner Hulu will continue to stream episodes the day after they premiere on CMT.
Additionally, actresses Rachel Bilson and Kaitlin Doubleday will join the show in the second half of season five. Jeff Nordling will recur his role of record exec Brad Maitland.