CMT confirms 'Nashville' fifth season, 22-episode run

"Nashville" will return for a fifth season that will be broadcast on CMT and streamed on Hulu thanks to a unique deal that was reached on Thursday after weeks of negotiations.

An $11 million incentive package with funds from the state, Metro, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. and Ryman Hospitality is also in place as part of the deal.

The show was canceled by ABC after a four-season run, but fans of the show banded together and launched a social media campaign to save the country music-focused drama.

Lionsgate began pitching the show to other networks and ultimately found a home on Nashville-based CMT.

In a press release Friday, CMT confirmed that it had picked up the show, which will have a 22-episode run this season. Under the deal, Hulu will have streaming rights to episodes the day after they air.

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