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[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Wednesday's series finale of "Nashville," "Maybe You'll Appreciate Me Someday."] The name of the last episode of Nashville — at least the final one on ABC — seems to be hinting at something, no? The show has always drawn a modest but extremely loyal fan base during its four-season run on ABC, and viewers have been fired up on social media ever since the Disney-owned network unexpectedly pulled the plug on the country music drama this month. Lionsgate Television, which co-produces the series with ABC Studios, has actively been searching
- Kate Stanhope
A boatload of TV talent just flooded onto the market.
The rash of cancellations on Thursday afternoon from across the broadcast nets makes free agents of highly sought after TV stars like Nathan Fillion (“Castle”) and Connie Britton (“Nashville”), along with John Stamos (“Grandfathered”) and Rob Lowe (“The Grinder”).
ABC on Thursday afternoon conducted its annual pre-upfront housecleaning, making renewal, cancellation and pickup decisions that speak volumes about the network’s priorities. Some of the cancellations were so expected as to be anti-climactic (read: “Galavant”), and some were surprising given the behind-the-camera drama that played out in public (read: “Castle”).
ABC, like CBS, has undergone regime-change in the entertainment suite. The new bosses, ABC’s Channing Dungey and CBS’ Glenn Geller, are looking to put their stamp on the schedule, clearing out the old and infirm to make way for what they hope will be happy, healthy newborns that reflect well on them. »
- Cynthia Littleton
And just like that, the ballad of Rayna and Deacon is done: ABC has cancelled "Nashville," our sister site Deadline reports.
Season 5 would have found the country-music drama under the leadership of new showrunners: thirtysomething‘s Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick were set to replace Dee Johnson, who was stepping down from the role.
The Season 4 finale — which now likely will serve as its series finale — airs Wednesday, May 25.
As the broadcast networks’ annual Upfronts Week nears, the fate of the last remaining “bubble” shows will be determined, »
Hayden Panettiere is one strong woman! The Nashville star recently sat down with People and opened up about her battle with postpartum depression, revealing, "It's like being in a tunnel. You can't even remember when you felt good. You try and think back to when you felt good, when you felt positive, when you felt happy, and you can't. All you see is this enveloping darkness." After seeking professional treatment back in October, Hayden explains that the "biggest message" she's trying to promote for women is that "it's okay to ask for help." Nowadays, the actress says she's "been trying to be much more open and honest about who I am," adding, "I'm 26 years old, I'm an adult, and [I don't] have to falsify who I am." She's also been able to channel her emotions into her work as her Nashville character, Juliette, and when she's not busy at work, Hayden is »
- Monica Sisavat
“Nashville” will see new showrunners come aboard if the ABC drama is renewed, Variety has learned.
Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, whose credits include “My So-Called Life” and “Thirtysomething,” have signed on to join for a possible fifth season. They would replace outgoing showrunner Dee Johnson.
Herskovitz and Zwick signed a first-look deal last fall with Lionsgate Televiosion, which produces “Nashville.” They would join the show only if it nets another season from ABC. The network renewed 15 shows earlier this month, but “Nashville” was not one of them. The series, starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, joins “The Muppets,” “Agent Carter,” “Castle,” “Dr. Ken,” “Last Man Standing,” “Galavant” and “American Crime” as shows still awaiting word from ABC on their futures.
“Nashville” returned from hiatus last week, drawing a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 in Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers and 4.3 million total viewers, up one tenth of a point from its midseason finale. »
- Daniel Holloway
London — Pay TV network Sky has nabbed U.K. rights to police thriller “Shades of Blue,” starring Jennifer Lopez, and season four of musical drama series “Nashville.” The shows will play on the platform’s channel Sky Living.
“Nashville” will appear for the first time on Sky Living, with previous seasons having aired in the U.K. on Channel 4 niche channels More 4 and E4. Seasons one to three will be available to Sky customers via Sky Box Sets and streaming service Now TV.
The acquisitions add to Sky Living’s strong lineup of U.S. drama. The channel is already home to “Scandal,” “Elementary,” “The Blacklist,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds” and “Bones,” and most recently the U.K. premiere of “Blindspot.”
- Leo Barraclough
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