All hope’s not lost for “Nashville” fans as CMT swooped in to save the show from getting cancelled. After season 5 was dropped by ABC last month, CMT has shown interest in renewing it, following the popular demand of the fans.
The finale episode of “Nashville” season 4 ended on a cliffhanger, suggesting it was going to be renewed for a fifth season by ABC. Hence, the cancellation by ABC came as a huge shock for the audience.
‘Nashville’ Season 5 News
Angry fans flocked to social media using #NashRewind, reminiscing the earlier seasons of the series. In an attempt to show their loyalty, over 171,000 people signed the petition on Change.Org asking to renew the series, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Meanwhile, executives of ABC Studios and Lionsgate tried to calm fans by assuring them that the decision to end season 4 of “Nashville” was a deliberate one, reports Hollywood Reporter.
“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. We wouldn’t take such a strong position to advocate for [the cliffhanger ending] if we didn’t feel good about our chances moving forward,” said Lionsgate TV chairman Kevin Beggs.
True to their justification, the creators of the show seem to have found their savior in CMT, which has shown interest in picking up the series from where it left off.
However, nothing is finalized yet, as talks have begun regarding a contract with Hulu, which currently holds the rights for streaming all previous seasons of “Nashville.”
It is still to be seen whether Hayden Panettiere, who played the lead character Juliette Barnes will be back if the series gets renewed. She was last reported to be battling with depression by Celeb Dirty Laundry, and she is considering going into rehab for a while.
There is also the issue of handling the budget since a cable network like CMT is unlikely to have the kind of expense account a broadcasting channel like ABC enjoys.
Regardless, fans of “Nashville” should have their fingers crossed for a positive outcome.
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