On Thursday, Nashville’s resurrection was confirmed with a fifth season to air on CMT, then stream on Hulu. The special deal was the work of long negotiations, passionate fan support, and the city of Nashville itself.
We thought Nashville was finally put to rest after limping along on ABC for four seasons. But its passionate fanbase and Lionsgate Television have refused to accept a terminal diagnosis, and are trying to give it new life on CMT for a fifth season. You think Connie Britton is psyched?!
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Kristen Bell, and Toby Keith speak onstage at the 2012 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
In years past, the CMT Music Awards could be counted on to provide clouds of big hair, a sea of sequins, and waves of taffeta. Unfortunately, modernization has caused country stars to tone it down a little bit.On to more pleasant ensembles: Sunny Sweeney, Cheryl Hines, and Melissa Peterman did short and sparkly.
When the Miss America Pageant, ditched by Viacom owned CMT, finally goes the way of Elle Girl — online only (but so Web 2.0!) — some, like Nashville's Ralph Emery, may see it as a blow to that "little piece of Americana" that is the promotion of lofty goals (scholarship) alongside loftier ones (swimsuit-wearing!)