Nashville officially will return for a fifth season that will be broadcast on CMT and streamed on Hulu, thanks to a deal reached yesterday.
The show was canceled by ABC after a four-season run, but fans wasted no time launching a social campaign to save it.
Lionsgate quickly began pitching the show to other networks and it didn’t take long to find a home on the Nashville-based CMT.
A crucial part of the deal is the incentive package the state of Tennessee and other organizations will pay to offset the cost of the show’s production.
According to The Tennessean, the state put $8 million in its budget and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has proposed a $1.375 million fund for film incentives.
The show brings tourists to the city and pumps millions of dollars into the local economy, in addition to bringing production jobs.
CMT confirmed the news that it will be airing new episodes of the country music drama after NBC canceled it last month.
“CMT heard the fans. The wave of love and appreciation they have unleashed for Nashville has been overwhelming,” CMT president Brian Philips said. “Nashville is a perfect addition to our evolving lineup of big music specials, documentaries and original series. We see our fans and ourselves in this show and we will treasure it like no other network. Nashville belongs on CMT.”
There’s no word on when fans can expect the new season to air. Fans who don’t get CMT on their television will be able to stream the episodes on Hulu the day after it airs on CMT.