By LIZ MINIET
It’s hard to make much of a dent on Twitter when your topic is on the same night as the season finale of Fox’s “Empire,” but fans of ABC’s “Nashville” sure tried to make their love for their canceled show known.
As of 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, #BringBackNashville was trending with nearly 86,000 tweets (UPDATE: an hour later, that number was nearly 94,000), and stars of the show were joining in, including Clare Bowen (who plays Scarlett), Sam Palladio (Gunnar), Chris Carmack (Will), Charles Esten (Deacon), Aubrey Peeples (Layla) and Ed Amatrudo (Glenn, aka Juliette’s manager).
Next week’s episode, the last one of the show’s fourth season, is scheduled to be the series finale because ABC canceled the show last week. However, Lionsgate, the studio behind “Nashville,” is trying to find a new home for the show, and there are petitions online, including one on change.org that makes an appeal to several networks (it was nearing 25,000 supporters Wednesday night).
This week’s episode included a performance by Sir Elton John (“Blue Wonderful”). Poor Gunnar, who shared the stage with the music icon, I hope he forgives that some of us will hear nothing else when Elton John is playing the piano.
As we head into next week’s episode (whatever kind of finale it is), the fate of several couples is in question: Rayna and Deacon (who FINALLY went to couples counseling, but will it help?); Scarlett and Gunnar (can these two ever get on the same page at the same time?); and Juliette and Avery (yes, Layla is in the picture, but really, Avery, are you sure?).
The fans’ efforts online didn’t go unnoticed. Here are some of the tweets that were sent by stars of the show while the episode was airing.