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Sixth season, new network.

Updated April 10: "Nashville" stars Charles Esten and Hayden Panettiere announced that CMT has renewed the series for season six. Fans can look forward to sixteen new episodes set to premiere in 2018. Season five returns on Thursday June 1.

On December 2, 2016, it was reported that though “Nashville’s” CMT premiere date was supposed to be January 5, the show will now air on the new network on Thursday December 15 at 9:00 PM. Watch as Charles Esten (Deacon) makes the Instagram announcement as a way to give thanks to the fans.

? Happy Holidays, #Nashies! ?

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"Nashville's" official season five trailer was released on December 1, 2016, which gives a sneak peek into the storylines ahead for the CMT musical series.

CMT has released a new 30-second promo on November 29, 2016 as fans await the popular music series' January 2017 premeiere.

Check out this first look at "Nashville," released October 21, 2016, which returns to television on January 5 on CMT.

Also be sure to watch some candid interviews with the actors and get some behind the scenes footage of the new season right here on Soaps.com.

It was reported on August 24, 2016 that "Nashville" would debut on CMT a two-hour premiere on Thursday January 5, 2017 at 9:00 PM EST.

TV-Line reported on June 30, 2016 that Connie Britton (Rayna), Hayden Panettiere (Juliette), Charles Esten (Deacon), Sam Palladio (Gunnar), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Lennon Stella (Maddie), Maisy Stella (Daphne) and Chris Carmack (Will) are all set to return to "Nashville" when it begins airing its 22 episode fifth season on CMT this fall. Will Chase (Luke) and Aubrey Peeples (Layla) will only be returning for a few episodes before exiting the show.

"General Hospital" alum Jonathan Jackson's (Port Charles' Lucky Spencer) show "Nashville" was granted another season on June 10, 2016. "Nashville," which was recently canceled by ABC after its fourth season, has been picked up by CMT and Hulu. The entire cast is expected to return for the fifth season, many of which are currently on tour playing the original music from the show.

Jonathan Jackson briefly returned to General Hospital last year as part of Anthony Geary's (Luke Spencer) exit storyline. He has also been touring with his band e-Nation. Recently there were rumors of Jonathan Jackson returning to General Hospital after "Nashville's" cancelation.

"Nashville" also stars Hayden Panettiere, who is probably best known for playing Claire Bennet on "Heroes," but got her start as Sarah Victoria Roberts on "One Life to Live" and Lizzie Spaulding on "Guiding Light." Another former "GH" actor Scott Reeves has a recurring role on Nashville as music producer Noel Laughlin. Reeves played Steven Webber on "GH" and also Ryan McNeil on "The Young and the Restless."

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