It's really happening, y'all! Nashville is really, truly coming back to TV after ABC canceled it (and CMT blessedly saved it).
CMT announced the premiere dates for its scripted series slate, and there's some good news and bad news. The good news, obviously, is that Nashville is coming back to TV and now there's an honest to goodness date for it! The bad news is that said premiere date isn't until 2017. Okay, so we'll have to wait a few more months, but a couple of months is better than never, right?
Nashville's two-hour season five premiere will air Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m., giving it both a new day and a new time slot. Although we still don't have any information about where the show will pick back up, which characters will be regulars, and pretty much anything else, we do know that it'll have new showrunners Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz at the helm.
The network's next big scripted debut will come in March with the premiere of the eight-part limited series Million Dollar Quartet, about the all-star jam session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins and the musicians' subsequent rise to fame during the early days of the civil rights movement. Season two of the Billy Ray Cyrus comedy Still the King will premiere in the spring.
"After a promising start with Still The King, we now have a clear path in attracting new audiences with our scripted programming," Jayson Dinsmore, CMT's head of development, said in a statement announcing the news. "Beginning with Nashville in January, each series will help launch the next; creating an overlay to cycle viewers through our originals year round."