Fans of “Nashville” will be happy to hear this news!
Lionsgate is reportedly in talks with CMT to bring the show to the network for a fifth season, several sources close with the discussions revealed to The Tennessean.
If a deal is met, the news could quite possibly be announced during tonight’s 2016 CMT Music Awards, airing live at 8/7c from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
After ABC canceled the fan-favorite drama series, hundreds of thousands of fans took to social media to share their disappointment. The hashtag #BringBackNashville has been trending for several weeks and nearly 200,000 fans have signed an online petition to revive the show.
If the show does in fact land on CMT, or any other platform for that matter, the fans aren’t the only ones who will be ecstatic. The show’s actors, including Charles Esten, who played the role of Deacon Clayborne, would also love to see the show to return.
“Lionsgate is still in discussions that we might end up getting to make another season somewhere else,” Esten told The Tennessean on Tuesday. “I’m extremely grateful for the four years that we had at ABC and that’s how we got to be what we are. But Lionsgate doesn’t feel, and we don’t feel that all the stories are told or all the songs are sung yet. So it’s very possible. There’s still some negotiations and they’re talking to people and we could find out any time. I have no inside knowledge, but I do know there’s still a chance.”
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is also in favor of the show’s return. On Tuesday, she shared the news about CMT’s interest in the show on Twitter and thanked Lionsgate for their hard work on trying to find the show a new home.