“Nashville” signed off last night with its Season 4 finale, and a major cliffhanger — but will that cliffhanger ever be resolved?
According to Lionsgate, hopefully so.
The studio behind the fan-favorite country music drama, which was cancelled by ABC, is actively shopping the series around, along with ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment, Variety has learned.
Four to five different platforms are interested in scooping up “Nashville” for additional seasons, according to Lionsgate execs who spoke to reporters this morning on an earnings call, adding that all of those venues have been “inbound inquires coming directly to us, asking about the possibility of moving the show.”
“The fans and everyone else is clamoring for many more seasons,” Lionsgate’s head of TV, Kevin Beggs, said on the call. Variety sources echo that sentiment with an insider saying that everyone internally at Lionsgate is “remaining optimistic.”
Should “Nashville” find a new home, how many season does Lionsgate foresee? Well, the goal is to go on “forever and ever.”
“We kind of go one season at a time in our thinking. Our near-term plan is to get another full season,” Beggs said. He continued, “These kinds of shows can go forever and ever — obviously that’s our hope and expectation, but we’ve got to do it one season at a time. So right now, we’re all about Season 5. So we hope to land Season 5 and keep talking about this show for years to come.”
As for the cast, they’re all on board for additional seasons. “We have long-term deals with the cast,” Beggs confirmed.
He also spoke about the new showrunners, saying, “Bringing on Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz to be the showrunners in the fifth season — which was already something we were planning with ABC — suggests a long term viability for the show.”
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