‘Those were the hardest scenes I’ve ever shot,’ Esten tells EW
Nashville may have lost a very bright star, but as they say: the show must go on. Below showrunner Marshall Herskovitz details to EW the moment Connie Britton told him she wanted to leave the CMT series, how he and the writers constructed Rayna’s heartbreaking exit, and explains what comes next for Nashville now that Britton is exiting the show.
CMT’s “Nashville” star Charles Esten is the latest addition to pay homage to Randy Travis Wednesday night (Feb. 8) at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Esten joins a roster of over 40 artists to pay tribute to the Country Music Hall of Famer.
Across three airings — two on CMT and an encore on sibling nick@nite, the fifth season opner averaged nearly two million viewers and a .77 rating in adults 18-49. That was off by 20% from the show’s Live+same day average for its fourth season on ABC and by a tenth from the drama’s Season 4 finale.