Christmas may be coming early for Nashville fans.
Series creator Callie Khouri allegedly announced on Friday night at a Grant Ole Opry concert, which counted Nashville star Charles Esten among its headliners, that the ex-ABC drama would launch its fifth season on CMT and Hulu this December.
— TheCMBeat (@thecmbeat) August 13, 2016
— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) August 13, 2016
When reached for comment, a CMT spokesperson, however, maintained to TVLine that a Season 5 premiere date had not been set.
CMT announced in early June that it had officially ordered a 22-episode fifth season of the Connie Britton-Hayden Panettiere musical soap in the wake of the show’s surprising cancellation at ABC. As part of the deal, Hulu will stream each episode the day after it airs on the cable network.
With the exception of Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples, who played Luke and Layla, respectively, the entire cast — including Britton and Panettiere — will be back for Season 5. Thirtysomething‘s Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, meanwhile, have replaced Dee Johnson as showrunner.