Connie Britton Thanks Fans For Nashville Comeback

The TV series, which stars Connie and Hayden Panettiere as frequently feuding country singers, was axed by bosses at America’s ABC network last month (May16).

However, rumours suggesting the show had been being picked up by officials at another network began swirling shortly after the chop, while fans also launched a social media campaign in a bid to convince TV executives to bring Nashville back.

Now their wishes have come true as it will return to the small screen on U.S. network Country Music Television (CMT) and streaming service Hulu, it was announced on Friday (10Jun16).

All of the characters are expected to return to the show for the 22 new episodes.

Connie, who starred as Rayna Jaymes in the show, said the loyal fans of the show were the reason that Nashville was getting a highly-anticipated fifth season.

“Look, that was an example of fans being really enthusiastic and we really owe that all to the fans,” she told Entertainment Tonight on Friday. “The same (happened) with Friday Night Lights and Nashville is experiencing the same good fortune.”

The 49-year-old, who was at a Friday Night Lights reunion event at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, said she’s still unaware of what storylines will be explored now the series has been brought back.

“I don’t know anything! Literally, I found out today like everybody else. I have no information to tell you!” she laughed.

Before the happy news was confirmed on Friday, Connie’s Nashville co-star Clare Bowen shared her excitement about a potential comeback.

“I don’t know more than you do, but I’m really excited for whatever happens,” she said at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday (08Jun16).

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