Amid the cancellation of “Nashville” season 5 on ABC, its showrunners have remained confident it will find a new home.
While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Beggs of Lionsgate Television admitted that he surely felt pain upon learning that the show was already cancelled. However, he revealed that the finale episode on May 25 was not yet the end as they have been exerting efforts to continue airing the American musical drama TV series.
“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,” he told the entertainment site about the “Nashville” season 5 update. “If we didn’t feel that was going to happen, we might have gone a different way.”
Meanwhile, with the noted cliffhanger final episode of season 4, Beggs pointed out that it has been “the ending always envisioned for this season.”
“These things are crafted over weeks and months. In our estimation, to go with a quickly assembled too-easy wrap-up is more of a disservice to the fans who have invested four years in this great cast and these great stories,” he added.
Considering that there is “more stories to tell” in “Nashville” season 5, the team behind the show appeared determined to continue providing exciting episodes in the lives of Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), Avery (Jonathan Jackson) and the other characters.
TV Line also reported that there was an alleged alternative ending prepared for the fourth season.
While the finale shown on TV featured Juliette feared to be dead after the plane crash, the alternative ending reportedly would have been the lead star’s plane touching down safely followed by an emotional reunion with her ex-husband.
Taking off from the final ending considered prior to the anticipated “Nashville” season 5, an insider dished the studio “is fully confident that there’s much more Nashville to be told. Tonight’s Season 4 finale ending speaks to that confidence.”