Encouraging news for Nashville fans: I hear the country music drama is inching closer to a pickup by country music-themed cable network CMT.
Nashville producer Lionsgate TV sprang into action the moment ABC’s surprising decision to cancel Nashville came on May 12. The series was pitched to streaming services and traditional networks including Hulu and CMT. Negotiations are ongoing, and it’s unclear whether a deal will make, but I hear there is a possibility that a renewal could be announced at tomorrow’s CMT Awards should the talks conclude successfully by then.
There likely will be a dual play for Nashville on a traditional network and a streaming platform. There had been conversations with Hulu, considered a suitable home because it already carries Nashville‘s previous seasons.
Lionsgate TV was so confident in its efforts to find a new home for Nashville that the studio opted to forgo the happily-ever-after alternative series ending it had in the can, going instead with the original cliffhanger ending in the Season 4 finale two weeks ago.
That same week, Lionsgate told investors that “our near-term plan is to get another season” of Nashville and that “they hope to talk about this show for years to come.”
The studio already has Season 5 mapped out, as it had funded a writers room led by new showrunners Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, who were to succeed departing original showrunner Dee Johnson. The cast of the show is under contract for a couple of more seasons.
Nashville has devoted fan followings similar to other series that found new homes after cancellation, including Longmire and Community.