Judging by the sneak peek episode of Nashville, Season 5, Episode 1, the decision to move the show to CMT might be the best in the series history. Longtime fans of the show will love the country feel the show has now that it’s where it rightfully belongs. ABC surprised fans when they canceled the hit series after four seasons, but CMT picked it up and returns with a full two-hour premiere on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at 9 p.m. ET/8 pm. CT. You may watch the first hour of that premiere, streaming online and on demand at Hulu, CMT’s official Nashville site and on cable and satellite provider’s on-demand programming. Check out the videos below to watch the Nashville sneak peek episode and check out the videos in the player above for behind-the-scenes footage and a look at what’s in store for country’s most popular TV couples on Nashville Season 5. You can live stream Nashville when it airs on Thursday, watch it on TV or wait for the episodes to be released on demand.
Now that Nashville has a new home with CMT, it has new social media networking sites. Those who go to the old ABC Facebook page will find a post redirecting them to the new, official Nashville Facebook page on CMT. You can find Nashville’s social media networks here: Nashville on Facebook and Nashville on Twitter
— Charles Esten (@CharlesEsten) January 3, 2017
Nashville returns with the same cast minus two cast members and has added new faces to the show. The Season 5 Nashville cast is as follows:
- Connie Britton as Rayna James
- Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes
- Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne
- Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor
- Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley
- Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott
- Chris Carmack as Will Lexington
- Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad
- Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad
Nashville cast in recurring roles include the following:
- Ed Amatrudo as Glenn Goodman
- David Alford as Bucky Dawes
- Kourtney Hansen as Emily
- Melvin Kearney as Bo
- Kyle Dean Massey as Kevin Bicks
- Scott Reeves as Noel Laughlin
New recurring Nashville cast members are as follows:
- Rhiannon Giddens as Hallie Jordan
- Cameron Scoggins as Zach Welles
- Jen Richards as Allyson Del Lago
- Bridgit Mendler as Ashley Wilkinson
- Murray Bartlet as Jakob Fine
- Joseph David Jones as Clay
- Joanie Stewart as Sheila Goldfarb
Will Chase plays the role of Luke Wheeler and is no longer a main cast member. He will appear as a guest in Season 5 though. Aubrey Peeples who played Layla Grant will not be returning for Season 5 as her storyline has concluded.
Check out the photo album featuring Nashville’s cast.
Nashville currently has a 7.7 IMDB rating. That rating will most likely change after the Season 5 premiere and as more people tune into the show on CMT.
The new Nashville is different from when it was on ABC. You’ll find the show has a bit more of a serious feel and tone to it. Where some of the episodes in the previous series had the feeling you were watching a soap opera, and at times were a bit campy, the CMT Nashville seems more a serious drama. It’s also a bit more heartwarming than it was previously. The newly revamped Nashville should appeal strongly to a conservative, Christian country base, which makes sense as country and gospel music’s roots are intertwined. At the same time, Nashville is addressing issues concerning the LGBT community and highlights how difficult being gay and a country music artist can be.
The new premiere has more references to faith (even if they’re indirect) than what we are used to seeing on Nashville and there is a greater sense of hope, purpose, and destiny for the characters. This change makes the characters more realistic, personable and relatable. If you haven’t seen the sneak peak episode, you can find it in the links above. If you’ve never seen Nashville you can choose to catch up on previous seasons on Hulu or simply watch the CMT premiere and pick up there.
Every episode of Nashville’s past five seasons is on Hulu, but only available to those with a subscription. Those who want to watch CMT streaming live online will find that tuning to the CMT channel through your cable or satellite provider’s apps or their online website is a good option. You’ll also find the CMT live stream on Sling TV.
Are you going to watch the Season 5 premiere of Nashville on Thursday? Will you watch the live stream on TV or on demand?
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