'Nashville' season 5 air date, spoilers, news: Upcoming season to focus more on singing as show heads to CMT

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After four colorful seasons on ABC, Callie Khouri’s country music-themed series, “Nashville,” will be airing its fifth season in its new home, Country Music Television (CMT).

The show’s next installment will premiere in January 2017 and will run for 22 episodes. Fans are now anticipating the show’s return as the teaser for next season suggests that Hayden Panettiere’s character, Juliette Barnes, will still be seen in season 5.

Viewers can remember that last season’s finale ended on a cliffhanger. Fans were left guessing as to what happened to the young country singer as her plane lost communication with the airport. Fortunately, the first-look promo has revealed that Juliette is very much alive, effectively dousing most of the fans’ fears. Moreover, it’s also quite interesting to find out what actually transpired during the time when the singer’s plane suddenly went off the grid.

Apart from Juliette’s much-awaited return, executive producer Marshall Herskovitz stated that the forthcoming season will focus more on singing rather than lengthy dialogues. This will definitely be enjoyed by folks who dig country music.

If that wasn’t enough, the show just keeps on giving. It has been reported that next season will feature a few youngbloods. The latest actor to join is Rhiannon Giddens, one of the founders of the country band Carolina Chocolate Drops. Additionally, Bridgit Mendler is also one of the newbies to enter the fray. Mendler will take on the role of Ashley Wilkenson, an online singing prodigy who is slated to roll out her debut album.

Finally, “Nashville” has also added Christian Coulson. For those who are unaware, the actor is famous for his portrayal of young Voldemort in 2002’s “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” Coulson will be seen in season 5 as director Damien George.

Season 5 of “Nashville” will have a special two-hour premiere on Jan. 5, 2017.