Char Adams
December 01, 2016 09:00 AM

Nashville fans won’t have to wait until Jan. 5 to catch up with their favorite country crew.

As an “early holiday present,” CMT is airing the first hour of the show’s two-hour premiere on Dec. 15 — weeks earlier than its previously announced air date.

Season 5 begins with Rayna (Connie Britton) and Deacon (Charles Esten) adjusting now that Maddie (Lennon Stella) is home and Rayna’s record label, Highway 65, has fallen on hard times financially.

Meanwhile, news of Juliette’s (Hayden Panettiere) plane crash continues to spark emotions, prompting Rayna to do some soul-searching.

Along with the bombshell news, CMT has also released the first official trailer for the upcoming season. The footage is quintessential Nashville, featuring steamy kisses, flashing lights, tears and fierce fights.

Season 5 comes much to the delight of Nashville fans who rallied for the show’s return when ABC canceled the music drama earlier this year after four seasons.

In June, CMT announced that it had added the show’s latest season to its broadcast network and Hulu, noting that net work officials “heard the fans.”

“The wave of love and appreciation they have unleashed for Nashville has been overwhelming,” CMT President Brian Philips said in a statement then. “We see our fans and ourselves in this show and we will treasure it like no other network. Nashville belongs on CMT.”

Hulu will also be airing the special the day after the linear premiere on Dec. 16. To catch up before the event, seasons 1-4 of Nashville are available now to exclusively stream on Hulu, and new episodes will run after the season premieres in January.

Season 5 of Nashville officially premieres Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.

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