According to The Hollywood Reporter, the aftershow, dubbed Nashchat, launches on Thursday at 11 p.m. ET via Facebook Live on CMT’s Facebook page. Hosted by country music personality Amy Brown, Nashchat will take place in a living room in Nashville where it will be filmed live each week. Viewers can expect interviews with cast and crew, music, episode recaps and an interactive element. Chris Carmak (who portrays Will Lexington in the series) is scheduled as the show’s first guest.
“Fans saved Nashville. Now we’re inviting fans into our living room to celebrate the characters, stories and music they love,” CMT president Brian Phillips told THR. “With Nashchat, we’ll create a home across all social media culminating with a Facebook Live interactive recap and fan chat immediately following new episodes.”
In its fifth season, the show was dropped from its longtime home on ABC last year. CMT picked it up and they also teamed with Hulu, which will stream episodes the day after they air. Most of the series regulars are returning to the show, with the exceptions of Will Chase (Luke Wheeler) and Aubrey Peeples (Layla Grant). The show also announced that Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens will be joining the cast as will transgender actress Jen Richards.
The fifth season for Nashville launches on Thursday with a two-hour premiere beginning at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.