Nashville producers plan to to rejuvenate the show’s emotional and musical connections in hope of securing a sixth season renewal from CMT, per LA Times:
“We’re betting that a deep, emotional connection to the characters will be a stronger pull for the audience than the OMG effect,” Herskovitz said.
To foster that connection, they’re also renewing the emphasis on music in a show originally inspired by the lives and careers — and, OK, the tortured romances — of Nashville’s creative class: the singers, songwriters, producers and executives responsible for the city’s highest-profile export.
Indeed, within the first five minutes of the two-part season premiere airing Thursday, we see Britton’s character, Rayna Jaymes, discuss the folk standard “Wayfaring Stranger” with a grizzled old man clutching a mandolin.
The way he and Zwick see it, the trick is in balancing the nuts and bolts with relatable emotional stories. And the increased use of music, they say, will only help them do that on a show built around musicians.
“Look, we wouldn’t try to do this with ‘NCIS,’ ” Herskovitz said with a laugh, referring to the popular CBS procedural.
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the cancel/renew status of Nashville Season 6…