Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CMT Sets Season 5 Premiere Date for 'Nashville'; Orders Pilot for 'His Wives & Daughters'

After being cancelled by ABC after four seasons and then picked up by CMT a month later, Nashville is set to return for its fifth season in January 2017. The cable network has also ordered a pilot for hourlong comedic soap His Wives & Daughters.

Season 5 of Nashville will begin with a special two-hour premiere on Thursday, January 5 at 9/8c. As a part of the CMT's deal, new episodes of the show will be available to stream on Hulu the day after they air on CMT.

The new season stars Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, Lennon Stella and Maisy Stella.

The upcoming season will also mark the first for incoming showrunners Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. They executive produce with Callie Khouri and Steve Buchanan. ABC Studios, Lionsgate Television and Opry Entertainment produce.

Nashville is just one part of CMT's current push into original scripted programming. The network has also announced today that its upcoming miniseries Million Dollar Quartet is set to debut in March 2017. The second season of comedy Still the King starring Billy Ray Cyrus is also being planned to return in the spring.

Additionally today, CMT has ordered a pilot for His Wives & Daughters. Described as an hourlong comedic soap, the project centers on the eclectic wives and daughters of country music legend (and infamous womanizer) Eddie Ray Banks. After his estranged family is brought together, tempers flare, old rivalries resurface and an unforgettable mystery begins to unfold.

Dina Chapman and Steve Sessions wrote the pilot. They will executive produce with Jayson Dinsmore and Julia Silverton. Casting is currently underway, with production set to begin this fall.