Not only are the Nashies rejoicing over the return of their favorite TV country drama, but some of the cast of the hit show and fellow devoted Nashvillians have expressed their happiness over the recent news.
Nashville’s very own mayor, Megan Barry, was overjoyed by the announcement to know that the city’s own show would be back on the small screen.
“This is great news for Nashville! Not only will hundreds of film production workers be keeping their jobs, we will also be keeping the greatest advertising tool for Music City that we have ever seen,” said Mayor Barry. “None of this would be possible if it weren’t for the strong outpouring of support from fans all across the globe for the show Nashville. I look forward to welcoming the cast back for season five, and hopefully many more to come.”
Colin Reed, chairman and CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties, sounded thrilled over the renewal as well, for how the show helps out the city and its expansion in tourism.
“The partnership forged with Hulu and CMT represents the best of both worlds for Nashville, and we are thrilled to have played a role in bringing it to fruition,” said Reed. “Nashville has been a driving force for tourism to our city and state since its inception, and Season Five will continue that momentum by allowing millions of people around the world to get a glimpse of what goes on in Nashville that makes it different from anywhere else on the planet they could visit. I’d like to thank our partners at the Nashville CVC, the City of Nashville and the State of Tennessee for their continued investment in the show and Tennessee’s growing tourism industry.”
Noting the great partnership between CMT and Hulu to take on the TV drama brought excitement to Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.
“The combination of CMT and Hulu is a significant win,” said Spyridon. “You have CMT’s experience with original content and Hulu’s format where viewers can binge watch the show whenever they want. The social media demand to bring the show back has been overwhelming, and we are thrilled to be able to get to 100 episodes, which has always been the goal to help give the show longevity in syndication. We are proud to be a partner in supporting the show’s return with incentives –being aired in nearly 100 countries is about the best return on investment your money can buy.”
The stars of Nashville also could not contain their joy after they and many fans passionately fought to keep their show on the air. Clare Bowen, who plays Scarlett, took to her Twitter to quote tweet Lionsgate’s announcement with the message: “Nashies Worldwide: You’ve been heard. We did it. We’re back. We love you! See you soon! #Nashville.”
— Clare Bowen (@clarembee) June 10, 2016
Lennon and Maisy, sisters who play Maddie and Daphne respectively, also took to their Twitter to retweet some related Tweets about the renewals as well as reaffirmed fans their gratitude for bringing back the show they love dearly.
From the beginning, to the end, to a new beginning… It’s been a ride we are grateful to be on! It’s official!! You brought back Nashville! — Lennon and Maisy (@lennonandmaisy) June 10, 2016
— Charles Esten (@CharlesEsten) June 10, 2016
Even Jonathan Jackson, also known as Avery Barkley on the show, posted a video saying, “Nashville is back!”
— Jonathan Jackson (@JonathanJackson) June 10, 2016
Nashville has been picked up by CMT for a full fifth season of 22 episodes.