As season 5 of ‘Nashville’ starts on CMT Jan. 5, guess who’s staying


Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) is back for a new season of “Nashville.” The two-hour season premiere starts at 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5. MARK LEVINE / CMT



Though the fate of Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) and her missing plane was the cliffhanger for season 4 of “Nashville,” fans who helped save the show also worried whether Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) was sticking around, because Britton hadn’t initially signed on for the whole season.

Well, you’ll have to watch the two-hour season 5 premiere on CMT at 9 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 5) to see what happened to Juliette and her plane. (We weighed in on the show’s new direction after watching the first hour of the premiere ahead of its Dec. 15 sneak peek.)

Fans played a vital role in the online push to #BringBackNashville after ABC canceled the show in May, and losing Rayna, one of the central characters, would have hit them hard. So a big sigh of relief could be seen across social media after Britton told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that aired Wednesday, “I’m in. I’m in for the duration.”

In the days leading up to the premiere, stars of “Nashville” have been appearing on various shows to chat up its return, which involves the CMT/Hulu deal to air the show, as well as new showrunners, but Britton’s chat with DeGeneres got the most attention. (To see where season 4 left off, check out our recap.)

Here’s a clip from the interview, which includes Britton praising fans’ efforts and talking about why she wanted to sing on the show.

And for those “Nashville” fans who just can’t get enough of their show, there’s now “NASHCHAT,” a social interactive fan hangout and conversation companion to “Nashville” across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. A Facebook Live chat will debut immediately following the two-hour premiere of “Nashville” with Chris Carmack, who plays Will Lexington, set as the first guest at 11 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 5) on CMT’s Facebook page.

Here’s more from the folks at CMT:

“Hosted by ‘Nashville’ superfan and radio personality Amy Brown (@RadioAmy), each episode of ‘NASHCHAT,’ coming live from a living room in Nashville, features cast and crew interviews, original music, ‘Nashville’ insiders and of course the fans recapping each new episode just after the show ends.”


“Nashville” season 5 premiere

9 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 5), CMT

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