Nashville Season 5 showrunner Marshall Herskovitz revealed major changes under the new network. Actress Connie Britton brushed off rumors on her impending exit.
Earlier this year, ABC announced the cancellation of its musical drama television series Nashville. Fans immediately took it online and campaigned for the renewal of the series for a Season 5.
Fortunately, cable network CMT picked up the series. Not only did it renew the series, but it also managed to keep the majority of its cast members. These include lead characters Rayna James and Juliette Barnes.
There were also rumors on Britton’s reduced screen time, sparking more speculations on her potential exit. The actress told TV Line, “I don’t know where those stuff came from.” She continued with, “it’s kind of crazy.”
The actress did not give a straight yes, but her surprised response indicates that the rumors of her exit may not be true after all. The actress also mentioned Nashville‘s new set of creative team. Britton teases that new showrunners Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz have the best plot that the series has to offer.
Speaking of Herskovitz, Nashville’s new showrunner revealed to TV Line the major changes to occur under the new network. The showrunner boasts of “shorter scripts, so there is time for the music to play out” for Season 5.
Apart from more music, Nashville Season 5 will offer more “depth and the complexity of the relationships instead of just feeling you needed to have incident piling on incident.”
As mentioned in early reports, most of the cast members will return and reprise their roles. Season 5 will also introduce new faces to the small screens, including newest recruit Bridgit Mendler.
According to reports, the former Disney Channel star will play the role of an Internet star named Ashley Wilkens. Rhiannon Giddens also boarded the series as Hanna Lee “Hallie” Jordan.
Nashville Season 5 premieres on Jan. 5, 2017, on CMT.
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