‘Nashville’ fans fight for their show’s survival

SIR ELTON JOHN, SAM PALLADIO

On the May 18 “Nashville,” Sir Elton John will share the stage with Gunnar (Sam Palladio). (ABC/Mark Levine)

 

By LIZ MINIET

Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) isn’t a quitter.

And neither is Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere).

So why would we expect any less from the fans of TV’s “Nashville,” which ABC canceled last week as the show wraps up its fourth season?

Fans expressed their outrage on social media in the hours and days after the news, and they’re planning a major Twitter push Wednesday night just ahead of the show’s 10 p.m. start. (P.S. This week’s episode has a very special guest: Sir Elton John.) Rallying around the hashtags #BringBackNashville and #NashCrash, fans are trying to drum up support to get a home for “Nashville” on another network (or even to keep it on ABC).

Lionsgate, the studio behind the show, is shopping around for a new network, and even Tuesday night Lionsgate had this tweet at the top of its Twitter feed.

 

“Nashville” creator Callie Khouri is using #BringBackNashville in her tweets. (Stars of the show have done concerts around the country, including one in Atlanta in late April.)

But what about something more concrete? Well, fans have started some petitions, including one on change.org to find a home for “Nashville.”  This petition — addressed to CMT, Hulu, Netflix, TNT, AMC, Amazon, NBC, CBS and ABC — had more than 21,000 supporters as of Tuesday night (UPDATE: as of Wednesday night, it was about to hit 24,000), and that number is sure to grow as fans get ready to watch the second-to-last episode of “Nashville” at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

A petition on gopetition.com, asking ABC to keep the show, had more than 6,000 signatures as of Tuesday night.

It’s not unheard-of to seek a new home for a show. When TNT axed the new “Dallas” in 2014, fans rallied to keep the show alive, but their efforts didn’t succeed. However, with more platforms (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon), a show’s fans can hold on to hope a little longer. For instance, when Fox dropped “The Mindy Project,” it found a home on Hulu.

“Nashville” fans should check out Twitter on Wednesday night, because the fight to save their show is far from over.

 


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