After weeks of negotiating and hoping, Nashville fans finally have some good news. Nashville Season 5 is now definitely happening, with CMT picking up the program. Hulu will get to stream it exclusively, as it did when ABC aired the show.

Who will take the reins?

More good news for the fans is that Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz will both take over the reins. They were taken onboard by ABC if the series was going to get a renewal, and are happy to continue it on the cable network. The deal with Hulu will ensure episodes appear on the service just days after they air on CMT, which is the same as the current deal they had with ABC.

What about the season length?

A major question has been over the length of the drama. Most of the time, shows on cable networks only run for 10-13 episodes. Fans will have understandably wondered if Nashville Season 5 was going to be cut in half? This is definitely not the case. The show will get a 22-episode run.

The outcome just goes to show what can happen when fans group together and use social media to push their wishes. An online campaign helped to show networks just how important Nashville is and the potential for income generated from it. It may not have helped that the show ended with a cliffhanger, which was always the way the showrunners intended to do the episode. Juliette's fate was unknown. What happened to her plane and will she be reunited with Avery and her daughter? 

Will Connie Britton come back?

However, while fans were shocked, it seems that Connie Britton wasn't.

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She plays country music veteran Rayna Jaymes on the show, and has been in the business long enough to know that a cancellation can come at any time. Her view was that the show at least had four years, but didn't rule out it moving to another network.

There are now concerns over whether she will come back, though. Nobody has yet confirmed that they will join CMT for Nashville Season 5, except for the executive producers. The show will not be the same without the two leading ladies, with Britton being one of them. Hayden Panettiere, who plays Juliette Barnes, is currently seeking help for post-natal depression, but is expected to return.