After news broke that Nashville is being canceled at the end of its current season, fans across the country were stunned with disbelief. But it turns out the fans weren't the only ones shocked to learn of the show's end. The show's actors were also surprised to learn about the cancellation, as actress Clare Bowen, who plays Scarlett on the show, told Cosmopolitan.
"It was a really big shock," she shared.
Once fans learned of Nashville's cancellation, they were anxious to see what their favorite stars had to say. Charles Esten, who plays Deacon, took to Twitter to share a message of gratitude for having the opportunity to work on the show.
So grateful to so many for the dream that has been #Nashville. Not always easy to be Deacon. But to play him? An absolute joy and an honor.— Charles Esten (@CharlesEsten) May 13, 2016
However, Esten and the production company behind Nashville are not going down without a fight. Lionsgate TV, which served as the show's producer, shared with fans they are actively searching for a new network to pick up the show. Liongate's determination to keep the show going has sparked a huge response from fans, who have kept the hashtag #BringBackNashville circulating on social media in hopes a new network will take on the show.
Several of the show's actors have made personal appeals to their fans to keep talking about Nashville, since they aren't ready to see it end either. Esten chose to take his plea all the way to the heart of country music when he made an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday (May 20).
Reaching out to the packed house in front of him, Esten provided further encouragement to Nashville fans that there is still some hope for the show's future.
"They are searching for another home for Nashville so hopefully we can have a season five," he said, "would you like that?"
Of course, the response to his question was one of overwhelming support. Seeing the audience's response made Esten realize the true impact Nashville had on his life.
"Let me tell you, out of all the amazing things that came out of this dream job of 'Nashville,' I think you're lookin' at just about the finest, is that I'm standing here in the circle at the Grand Ole Opry," he said.
There's no doubt, Nashville has certainly touched a lot of lives over the years, and Esten is no exception. You can watch his plea to the Opry crowd in the video below.
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