Fans were shocked and dismayed at ABC's cancelation of Nashville in May, but they weren’t going down without a fight. The show officially returns to the screen in December, according to cast member Charles Esten, who recently broke the news to his audience at the Grand Ole Opry alongside show creator Calli Khouri.

Nashville will appear on both CMT and Hulu.

All the heavy-hitters are set to star in the show once again, including Hayden Panettierre, Connie Britton, Easten, Lennon and Maisy Stella, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson and Clare Bowen.

There’s no official premiere date for Season 5 of the series, but the season is set to have a whole new set of struggles when it comes to navigating the music industry, according to Khouri.

“One thing I would like to deal with is the collapse of the music business and just how hard it is,” she explained at a Tennessee Screenwriting Association seminar. “This stuff is really hard. You can’t just put out a record and suddenly it’s No. 1 and all of a sudden they’re big stars. That’s not how it happens. So, I think we are going to deal more with the struggle of it. I think that’s a truer representation of what’s really going on. And I think the public should be aware of the fact that what’s common practice out in the universe paying for Spotify or Pandora is bankrupting the music industry.”

The show will also be hitting on the struggles of postpartum depression, which Panettiere has experienced in her own life, particularly while filming Season 4. Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples will not be returning as series regulars going forward.

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