Now that “Nashville” has successfully found a new home in CMT, the production team can now focus on the continuation of the narrative of the series. In a recent panel during the Tennessee Screenwriting Association seminar, series creator Callie Khouri shared some juicy tidbits on what fans can expect when they come back for a fifth season.
“One thing I would like to deal with is the collapse of the music business and just how hard it is,” the producer pondered. “This stuff is really hard. You can’t just put out a record and suddenly it’s No. 1 and all of a sudden they’re big stars; that’s not how it happens. So, I think we are going to deal more with the struggle of it.”
Given that “Nashville” marries the concepts of fame, money and family in the music industry, Khouri’s idea may very well be of interest even to non-followers of the show. The theme is now, more than ever, very timely with the sudden sprouting of music streaming platforms and easy access to music via illegal downloads. As it turns out, it is the exact same route that the writer is looking to walk on as she briefly mentioned how “paying for Spotify or Pandora is bankrupting the music industry.”
Khouri also did not miss the opportunity to express some positivity towards “Nashville’s” brand-new partnership with CMT.
“It’s certainly a good fit for CMT as they try and get into a scripted universe,” Khouri excitedly said. “Our show is a quality show just in terms of production. We spend a lot of money making it look great. I think it’s a really good fit.”
“Nashville” was one of the multiple projects axed by ABC last month which left fans devastated for a bit. It was especially painful for the musical drama as it ended with a cliffhanger that left viewers wondering the ultimate fate of Juliette (Hayden Panettiere).
The fifth year run of “Nashville” will consist of 22 episodes airing on CMT with a next day stream arrangement on Hulu.