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How will 'Nashville' survive without Rayna Jaymes?

The characters on CMT’s “Nashville” are poring through old home movies, journals and recording sessions on Thursday night’s episode, as they try to come to grips with the death of “Rayna Jaymes” – country star, wife and mother.

They’re not alone.

Nashville producer explains that Rayna shock (and what's next)

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.

Charles Esten to Perform at Randy Travis Tribute Concert

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.

‘Nashville’ Season 5 Premiere Lifts CMT Ratings

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.

‘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.