By LIZ MINIET
We’re out of new episodes of ABC’s “Nashville,” but fans seeking a new life for the canceled show rallied around its pilot episode Wednesday night with the hashtag #NashRewind. (Did you miss last week’s finale? Check out our recap.)
Fans weren’t alone in enjoying a trip to the show’s beginnings. Stars including Charles Esten (who plays Deacon), Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Kourtney Hansen (Emily), Ed Amatrudo (Glenn), Eric Close (Teddy) and Chris Carmack (Will) were on Twitter commenting on the episode and cheering fans along.
In some cases, we got a then-and-now look:
Lionsgate TV, the studio behind “Nashville,” is trying to find a new home for the show, and fans are making sure other networks/platforms know the show has their enthusiastic support. Their efforts aren’t going unnoticed.
Besides the #BringBackNashville and #NashRewind pushes online, there’s a petition on change.org asking CMT, Hulu, Netflix, TNT, AMC, Amazon, NBC, CBS or even ABC to save the show. The petition had nearly 165,000 supporters as of Wednesday night.
The “Nashville” pilot was a pretty strong one, setting up the worlds of the struggling superstar, Rayna (Connie Britton), and her family (her daughters were SO young back then and her hubby was trying to become mayor) and her younger rival, Juliette (Hayden Panettiere), who was trying to escape a messed-up mama and was already treating her poor assistant Emily as a doormat. We saw Scarlett, Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Avery (Jonathan Jackson) back long before any of them were exes. And we were reminded just how strong a figure Rayna’s dad (Powers Boothe) was, a guy who could’ve given JR a run for his money.
We know Rayna’s dad isn’t coming back (unless it’s in flashbacks), but some folks would like to see Rayna’s ex-husband, Teddy (Eric Close), again.
#NashRewind was trending late Wednesday night with more than 21,000 tweets. It wasn’t nearly as strong as last week’s #BringBackNashville number (at least 135,000 tweets), but that was tied to a finale, not fans finding and rewatching an episode on their own.
The show’s future is uncertain at this point, but we ARE sure that “Nashville” fans aren’t done trying to save it.