New hope for Nashville.
Cable network CMT is near a deal with the former ABC drama’s producers — Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment have — to continue to series into a fifth season. There is also a Hulu component to the deal as well, we’re told.
The move means that fans who agonized over last week’s unexpected season 4 cliffhanger would get some resolution. In the finale, Juliette Barnes’ (Hayden Panettiere) plane went missing while her child’s father (Jonathan Jackson) waited for her return.
Though it’s not uncommon for canceled broadcast shows to hunt for another buyer, it’s actually pretty rare that one actually pulls off switch — especially among dramas. In recent years, comedies like Fox’s The Mindy Project (Hulu) and NBC’s Community (Yahoo) have managed to find post-broadcast homes among streaming companies. Going from a major to basic cable is trickier as budgets for cable networks tend to be rather lower than broadcast and it can be difficult to make the math work for all parties involved.
Fans have beat the drum for the show’s survival, organizing a virtual viewing party of the Nashville pilot last week under the hashtag #NashRewind. Star Charles “Chip”
With the potential pickup, all bubble shows from last season would either been axed or saved — with CBS’ fellow limbo drama Limitless having run out of options last week.
Clare did the press circuit last week in Australia while promoting her tour and videos have been scattered and surfacing. A lot are difficult to watch because they are region based meaning unless you live in that country you are unable to see them. I posted one video like this last week and have come across another and thought I would share! Check out new Australian interviews of our favorite Pixie!
• 2016: 05/27 Ten Eye Witness News Interview – Sydney, Australia | Watch Video (same as above)
• 2016: 05/27 Breakfast Show Interview – Sydney, Australia | Watch Video
• 2016: 05/27 Mamma Mia Podcast Interview – Sydney, Australia | Watch Video | Listen to Podcast
Country music drama Nashville tonight wrapped its four-season run on ABC with a finale that ended with a cliffhanger. It was an intentional move by the show’s creator Callie Khouri and lead studio Lionsgate TV as I hear that an alternative, series finale ending, also had been filmed. That is because the studio is optimistic that it would find another home for the show.
Neither Oscar winner Khouri not Lionsgate are ready to close the book on Nashville, they told Deadline exclusively.
“Nashville fans are the absolute best, and support for the #BringBackNashville campaign has been amazing,” Khouri said. “We are so grateful for our extremely loyal following. We have stories left to tell and songs left to sing.”
The #BringBackNashville social media campaign has been growing, with a change.org petition garnering more than 100,000 signatures to date. In a tweet at the conclusion of tonight’s finale, Lionsgate TV assured fans that there will be more Nashville.
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.
“Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment couldn’t have asked for better partners on Nashville than ABC, as together we created a drama that has captivated viewers worldwide and turned #Nashies into a potent group of superfans,” Lionsgate Television Chairman Kevin Beggs told Deadline. “We want to thank creator Callie Khouri and showrunner Dee Johnson for their inspiration and guidance through tonight’s exciting season finale, and know that more of the Nashville story is waiting to be told.”
Clare was on a morning show in Sydney Australia today called The Morning Show. I’ve added a video and screencaps from her interview and live performance. Enjoy!
• 2016: 05/27 The Morning Show Interview – Sydney, Australia
I’ve added screencaps of Clare’s appearance on the season 4 Nashville finale. Let’s hope it was a season finale and not a series finale. Be sure to keep tweeting and using #BringBackNashville!
This was a great interview and the song was just lovely. Check it out!
I’ve added screencaps of Clare from this week’s Nashville. Sorry for the delay! Enjoy.
It’s a movement. No, not a reference to the current presidential campaigns, but it is a campaign to #BringBackNashville.
Nashville producer Lionsgate TV, which has been shopping the show to other networks since ABC cancelled the series last week, says response by fans (aka “Nashies”) to bring the show back has been overwhelming. The hashtag has been trending since the penultimate episode aired last night. Nashville cast members Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen and even the show’s creator Callie Khouri have joined in.
The social media buzz also has been great for Lionsgate’s twitter feed. The studio says it has
added more than 1,500 followers since announcing it was shopping the show. We hear Lionsgate is actively having conversations with interested networks, so stay tuned.
Cosmo spoke to Clare Bowen, aka Scarlett, on the eve of her Australian tour – and BIG NEWS Nashville fans – there could be a fifth season yet!
When we got news last week that the show had been cancelled after four seasons we were all the sad emojis. Cosmo was in mourning.
Until the lovely Clare Bowen gave us hope, y’all (except she doesn’t talk like that because she’s actually Australian – born and bred).
“It was a really big shock,” she tells us. “But you can’t take these things personally and I do know for a fact that Lions Gate [the show’s producer] is working their hind ends off to find us a new network home. They are doing everything in their power to find us a place, the show is so fantastic and it has such a wonderful, wide audience and appreciation that I have great faith. I have to have great faith.”
Especially since her on-screen persona Scarlett has grown into a pretty kick-arse, country-singing character. “It’s been so good seeing her stand-up for herself and I want her to keep doing that,” says Clare. “You’ve seen her go from this really timid person with no self-esteem to speak of, she really had a very low opinion of herself…into a girl who ditches the boyfriend who is so jealous he can’t think straight and she’s come such a long way. The greatest thing is she’s grown this self-respect and she doesn’t let herself get treated like dirt, she’s not a doormat. It’s wonderful to play a character who has stood in her own boots and fought for her own well-being when others have tried to take it from her.” PREACH!
“It’s not over, Scarlett is always going to be within me, she has always been a piece of my heart.”
Pass the tissues, please. #BringbackNashville.
Bowen has lived the life of the struggling actress.
From her days studying at the University of Wollongong and living in Minnamurra to working four service night jobs, she remembers the days of when she would decide whether to buy ‘a new book on acting or dinner’. Wind forward to 2016 and the 32 year-old is preparing to perform a sold-out Australian tour on the back of her role as Scarlett O’Connor in the hit television show Nashville.
After that, she’ll play a sold-out tour through the UK. “Home for me has never been a place, it’s the people, but this and Nashville are my homes,” she said.
“I met the man I’m going to marry in Nashville and my family is here, and it’s nice we’re all here together at the moment.” The girl who once sat up the back of lecture theatres and eventually lost her passion for singing has found self-discovery and success in equal parts.
The dream, breakout role
Nashville is an American musical drama series that premiered in 2012 and ran for four seasons. Last week, American television network ABC announced it would stop producing the series. However the four-year ride has given Bowen an international profile, priceless publicity, a reinvigorated music career and a fiance.
“I fell in love with [the character] Scarlett O’Connor — she wrote things down and never showed anybody and that’s what I’ve been doing since I was nine years old,” she said. “I’m buggered if I know why they cast me, and at the audition I thought there’s no way I’m going to get this, so the most I can hope for is going in and having fun and give it my all.” She went in and sang an Australian folk song she cannot remember the name of, but it worked.
She was called the following day and offered the role. “It was nuts — they told me I was moving to Nashville and I didn’t know where it was. “I knew it was a wonderful place but I didn’t know where it was.” The show has since been screened in over 70 countries.
Making a home in Nashville
Bowen met her partner Brandon Robert Young while performing to 17,000 people at a concert. “We were like ‘hi, this is really intimate’, and then I fell in love with him writing a song,” she said. The pair are now engaged, Bowen sold a small farm she had bought in Nashville and they have bought a house together in the world’s country music capital. It is all part of everything falling into place for the girl from the New South Wales South Coast who said she had an unconventional upbringing either in hospitals [she had a form of liver cancer as a child] or national parks.
“Now I realise that everything I ever wanted to do revolved around making people’s lives better,” she said. “It’s about love and kindness and making the most of it while you’re still here, because from a young age, I knew that could be taken away pretty quickly.”
Clare Bowen spoke to ABC Illawarra Mornings presenter Nick Rheinberger.