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Who Is Returning for 'Nashville' Season 5? Almost Everyone!

Nashville returns tonight for a fifth season on CMT after being cancelled by ABC in 2016.

The show will see the return of Connie Britton as Rayna James and Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes.

Many are wondering – who else from the original cast on ABC will be moving forward with the show on the new network. Well, it turns out, almost everyone!

Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples are not expected to return for the full season, but their presence may be felt!

Check out the Nashville trailer to get you pumped for tonight!

Find out who else is returning below.

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VIDEO: 'Nashville' Season 5 Trailer Promises Lots of Drama!

Nashville is officially back!

The season five trailer for the show, which is transferring from ABC to CMT this season, just debuted. The trailer promises some drama with Rayne (Connie Britton), Deacon (Charles Esten), Juliette (Hayden Panettiere), Scarlett (Clare Bowen), Gunnar (Sam Palladio), and more!

The two hour season premiere is set to debut on Thursday (January 5) at 9 PM on CMT. In a special treat for fans, CMT will air the first hour of the two hour premiere on December 15 at 9 PM.

Watch the trailer below…


VIDEO: ‘Nashville’ Season 5 Trailer Promises Lots of Drama!

Hayden Panettiere & Connie Britton Return to 'Nashville' in Season 5 Promo - Watch Here!

Nashville is back!

The first look at the upcoming season was released on Thursday (October 20) and features a whole heck of a lot of drama!

In the first official promo for season 5, fan favorites Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, and Charles Esten are back and better than ever!

Earlier this year, Nashville was canceled by ABC before finding a new home on CMT.

Also confirmed to return to season 5 are Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella, Chris Carmack, Will Chase, and Aubrey Peeples.

Season 5 will feature 22 episodes and will return on January 5, 2017 at 9pm EST.

Watch the first promo for season 5 of Nashville below!


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Connie Britton May Exit 'Nashville' Early, Only Signed on For 10 Episodes

Connie Britton may not be returning for the entirety of Nashville season five after all.

Sources tell EW that the star of the show – who plays the role of famous country singer Rayna James – has only signed on for 10 episodes out of the 22 total for the season. Sources add that execs remain hopeful Connie will sign on for all 22, but a deal has not been made at this time.

Hayden Panettiere, the show’s other star, is on board for all 22 episodes. It’s unclear how Rayna’s absence will be explained.

The site also reports that Connie is likely to exit the show after season 5.

'Nashville' Season 5 Premiere Date Set at CMT!

Nashville officially has a season five premiere date at CMT!

The Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere-drama will debut on January 5 in a special two hour premiere.

Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella and Chris Carmack will all return as series regulars, with Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples also making appearances.

Nashville was cancelled at ABC after four seasons, and picked up by CMT soon after.

Be sure to tune into the two hour premiere of Nashville on Thursday, January 5 at 9pm EST.

ABC President Speaks to 'Castle' & 'Nashville' Cancellations

ABC president Channing Dungey spoke about the cancellations of Nashville and Castle at the network’s TCA today.

“Nashville is a show that I personally truly loved,” Channing said. “To not have it back was a little bit of heartbreak for me. I’m thrilled the show has found a new home on CMT so now that I can keep watching it”

Channing also discussed the shocking Castle cancellation after not renewing Stana Katic‘s contract.

“So that’s a case where you have things running on two parallel tracks. We were always upfront about possibility that we might not be bringing show back for season nine…Ultimately for us we felt it was not the right thing to do to order another season,” she added.

Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere & More Returning for 'Nashville' Season 5

Nashville has been confirmed to return to CMT for season five, and now we have a list of the returning cast members!

Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere are both set to return for the 22-episode season, TV Line has learned.

Also set to appear on the show are Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella and Chris Carmack. Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples will not be back as series regulars at this time.

The show was cancelled by ABC last month.

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