By LIZ MINIET
Since die-hard “Nashville” fans known as #Nashies helped save their show after ABC canceled it last spring, it’s been a countdown to the new season on CMT (with next-day viewing available on Hulu).
Now, all those fans behind #BringBackNashville are getting an early holiday gift, so we’ll tell you five things to know as “Nashville” returns for season 5.
1. The official two-hour premiere on CMT is 9 p.m. Jan. 5 (the show will now be on Thursday nights instead of Wednesdays). HOWEVER, there will be a special preview of the first hour at 9 p.m. Dec. 15. To see the show’s stars, including Connie Britton and Charles Esten (who play Rayna and Deacon), express their gratitude to fans, check out this video:
2. To see where season 4 left off, you can read our recap of the season finale. (For a deeper dive, seasons 1-4 are on Hulu.) The trailer for the new season also helps bring you up to date before giving some glimpses of season 5 — including Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) seemingly headed for a plane crash, as if that poor gal didn’t go through enough in season 4:
3. “Nashville” has new showrunners: Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, perhaps best known to TV viewers as the creators of “Thirtysomething” and “Once and Again.” In a recent interview with TVLine.com, Herskovitz promised “less adrenaline, more emotion.” For one thing, that means going deeper into Deacon’s character, instead of a focus on throwing punches. And what about whether Britton is staying as Rayna beyond 10 episodes? Sorry, but Herskovitz told TVLine.com he couldn’t answer that.
4. Longer scenes, longer songs: We can tell you that the season 4 finale made us dizzy as it jumped from one storyline to another, so we’re glad to hear this. The “Nashville” stars speak pretty glowingly about how season 5 is different in this video:
5. There will be some new faces, but a few actors who were formerly regulars, such as Will Chase (who played Luke Wheeler), will be back just here and there.