Nashville will be back! But will Juliette Barnes return?

“Nashville” is coming back to life! The country music soap opera has been renewed by CMT and “Nashies” everywhere are rejoicing knowing their voices have been heard. Drumming up a huge Twitter campaign — using the not so subtle hashtag #BringBackNashville — the show’s dedicated fanbase ignited a social media firestorm following the ABC series’ frustrating finale cliffhanger.

“Nashville” was never a ratings juggernaut, but it did develop quite a beloved following over the years. These “Nashies” did not want to be left in the dark as to whether or not Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) died in a plane crash. However, even though the show has been renewed for Season 5, clarity on whether this means Juliette lives on may not be happy news.

Showrunner Dee Johnson is not retuning, nor has it been confirmed which cast members will be signing on with the show’s new home at CMT. It’s hard to imagine the show could continue without Rayna James (Connie Britton), but it’s not her character’s life that was left in the balance at the end of Season 4. Panettiere might’ve asked the writers for that kind of tragic cliffhanger ending for time to mull over whether she wants to return to the series, or not.

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