By LIZ MINIET
Fans of TV’s “Nashville” aren’t ready to give up a Wednesday night dose of their beloved show just yet.
Though we saw a finale last Wednesday (check out our recap, because if you blinked or sneezed, you might have missed something), ABC’s cancellation of the show might not be the end. Lionsgate TV, the studio behind the show, has been working to find a home for the show for its fifth season, and Variety reported that in an earnings call on Thursday, Lionsgate execs said four to five different platforms were interested in scooping up “Nashville” for additional seasons. Variety also reported that the cast is on board for additional seasons.
Fans are making their voices heard, too. The #BringBackNashville online push has been going on for several weeks now. The fans’ fervor also shows up online under #NashCrash, and #NashvilleFinale was trending last Wednesday along with #BringBackNashville. Now, the next step is #NashRewind: This Wednesday night (June 1), “Nashville” fans (aka #Nashies) will watch the show’s pilot at 10 p.m. Eastern time (9 p.m. Central) and live-tweet along the way. Places you can find the pilot episode include iTunes, Hulu and Amazon Video.
We’ve also told you about a petition on change.org asking CMT, Hulu, Netflix, TNT, AMC, Amazon, NBC, CBS or even ABC to save the show. The petition had more than 144,000 supporters as of Sunday evening. (UPDATE: It was nearing 165,000 supporters as of late Wednesday afternoon, just hours ahead of #NashRewind.)
That might help Lionsgate TV make its case as it works to save “Nashville.”
Can we really not find out what happened to that plane carrying Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) in the finale?
And, of course, in a fifth season, we would look forward to more of Rayna (Connie Britton) and Deacon (Charles Esten).