A drama series that had a decent run on broadcast until the plug was pulled after four seasons may not be dead yet. The Tennesseean cites multiple sources saying “Nashville,” which wrapped season four last month and was canceled by ABC, could be resurrected by CMT.
The parties were close to a deal, according to various media reports. The Tennessean reported that Lionsgate is in talks with the Viacom-owned cable channel for a fifth season, noting that the deal could be finalized today. Lionsgate has been shopping the show to other networks since the cancellation last month.
The Nashville-based publication notes: “‘Nashville’ has made a tremendous impact on the local film production industry and on tourism.”
The report quotes Chip (Charles) Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne on the series, saying Tuesday: “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 anytime. I have no inside knowledge, but I do know there’s still a chance.”
The mayor of Nashville, Megan Barry, also commented on the talks, tweeting Tuesday night: “We are happy that @LionsgateTV is working hard to #BringBackNashville !”