“Nashville” fans can now stop the grieving. There is a possibility that the TV series cancelled by ABC will get a new lease in life and a new season at the CMT cable network.
On May 12, ABC announced that they had cancelled the country music drama series. The cancellation may have had something to do with the cast members speaking out against a recent anti-LGBT law that was passed in Tennessee while they were filming there. Lionsgate TV, which produces the show, did not take it lying down and instead pitched the show to other networks and streaming services, reports Deadline.
Deadline reporter Nellie Andreeva says she has heard of a possibility that a season 5 renewal for “Nashville” could be announced at the CMT Music Awards which takes place today at 8 p.m. EST and 7 p.m. CT.
Once news of the cancellation spread, there was an outpouring of fan support for the series, culminating in a social media campaign called #SaveNashville, notes Variety. There was a similar campaign for saving “Person of Interest,” which will apparently conclude with the ongoing season 5.
TV Line mentions that due to the steady popularity of “Nashville,” the executives at Lionsgate and ABC decided to end season 4 on a cliffhanger, with Juliette’s (Hayden Panettiere) plane gone missing, rather than a proper “happily ever after” finale. They were confident that the show would get picked up by another network.
“There’s a little short-term pain but ultimately long-term gain because we intend and are quite focused and are in substantive and serious conversations with multiple buyers about continuing the show on another platform,” Lionsgate TV Chairman Kevin Beggs had told The Hollywood Reporter (THR). “If we didn’t feel that was going to happen, we might have gone a different way,” he added. Following the airing of the season 4 finale, Lionsgate TV tweeted that there was more story to be told.
Deadline also reported that representatives from Lionsgate had told investors that there was always a plan to have more than four seasons. Deadline also notes that if season 5 is a go, it’ll most likely play both on a network as well as on a streaming platform. Streaming service Hulu already has some rights to “Nashville” for all its seasons so far. “Nashville” fans can hope for the best, but should prepare for the worst as well.