Nashville Sets Midseason Premiere: EP Promises, 'There Is Most Definitely Life After Rayna' — Watch a Sneak Peek

Polish your cowboy boots and dry your tears, Nashville fans, because the CMT series will return on Thursday, June 1 at 9/8c.

CMT on Monday announced the midseason premiere date — as well as the series’ Season 6 renewal. Per the network, the first episode back will take place 10 weeks after the events of the midseason finale. “Deacon will help Daphne with a school project, but Daphne feels unmotivated. Juliette gives Maddie unsolicited advice about a song,” the official episode description states. “Scarlett and Gunnar receive news about the baby.”

As previously reported, The O.C.‘s Rachel Bilson and Empire‘s Kaitlin Doubleday will join the cast in the back half of the season, though not much is known about their characters. Jeff Nordling (Big Little Lies) also will recur as Brad Maitland, the charming, egotistical owner of Nashville’s most successful record label.

Nashville also released a preview video that gives us a few clues as to what the rest of the season will hold. While neither Bilson nor Doubleday appear in the video — which features co-showrunner Marshall Herskovitz talking about future episodes — we get an update on Juliette (she’s being sweet with Avery and prepping for performances), Deacon (he’s finding it challenging to take over Rayna’s roles at home and at Highway 65) and Scarlett (who still doesn’t have a clue who her baby’s daddy is).

Meanwhile, Herskovitz assures viewers that Big Red is still very much part of the show, despite Connie Britton’s departure earlier this season.

“There is most definitely life after Rayna, that’s for sure,” he says. “And yet, we never forget her. She’s sort of a presence in each of the episodes, because that’s what happens in life.”

Watch the video above, then drop a comment below!