Lionsgate TV, one of the series’ producers, made what sources say is a strong case (business-wise, at least) to forego the upbeat ending in hopes of making the show more attractive to platforms that might pick it up for a possible Season 5, multiple sources tell TVLine.
In the version of the episode broadcast Wednesday night, Juliette was feared dead after her private jet went missing. The alternate ending had Juliette’s plane touch down safely; an emotional reunion with ex-husband Avery followed soon after.
Source and more: TVLine
“Nashville fans are the absolute best, and support for the #BringBackNashville campaign has been amazing,” Khouri added. “We are so grateful for our extremely loyal following. We have stories left to tell and songs left to sing.”
Source and more: RadioTimes
“Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment couldn’t have asked for better partners on Nashville than ABC, as together we created a drama that has captivated viewers worldwide and turned #Nashies into a potent group of superfans,” Lionsgate Television Chairman Kevin Beggs told Deadline. “We want to thank creator Callie Khouri and showrunner Dee Johnson for their inspiration and guidance through tonight’s exciting season finale, and know that more of the Nashville story is waiting to be told.”
Source and more: Deadline
— Lionsgate TV (@LionsgateTV) May 26, 2016
Stay tuned to find out whether Nashville Season 5 is indeed picked up by another platform…