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‘Nashville’ Is Back, Slowed Down and Passionate

The changes must be ascribed to new showrunners Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, the fellows who brought you thirtysomething, My So-Called Life, and Once and Again. The two have been working primarily in the movie industry of late, but a return to television to revive the dead-and-canceled Nashville is their current spiritual mission.

Charles Esten primes fans for ‘Nashville’ premiere with sizzling ‘Buckle Up’ performance

Charles Esten has been even more pumped for the Season 5 return of “Nashville” than the fan base who rallied forces to ensure that the Music City drama found a new home on CMT. The leading man who lays out the ongoing struggles of his character, Deacon Claybourne, week by week never faded in his feeling that “there were more stories to be told,” and now those stories continue tonight with a two-hour “Nashville” premiere. To raise the stakes even higher, Charles Esten made a resolution for his 2017 that he would release a new song every week. Thus far, the singer, songwriter, and actor is staying right on track, and in honor of the “Nashville” new season, and the connection he already feels for the ladies of “Today,” especially country music aficionado, Hoda Kotb, he offered his latest song a little early for the Jan. 5 morning show.

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“Those fans of ours, they’re called Nashies; they’re not just bystanders to this event,” Esten tells The Boot. “They were integral to the pickup of Nashville; CMT itself has said it. When ABC did not pick us up, I was very grateful — still am — for the four years we had there. But what I was really grateful for was that outcry of those fans.

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