Press: Nashville near deal to continue on CMT

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.
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