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Nashville Might Get a Second Life Elsewhere

The creators have "more stories to tell"

Liz Raftery

Don't worry, Nashvillefans -- the show's series finale, which aired Wednesday on ABC, may not be its swan song.

Deadline reports that representatives from Lionsgate, the production company behind Nashville, told investors on an earnings call Thursday that "the fans and everyone else [are] clamoring for many more seasons. ... Our near-term plan is to get another season."

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In addition, according to Deadline, Lionsgate and creator Callie Khouri intentionally ended Wednesday's episode on a cliff-hanger because they, along with new co-showrunners Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, are moving forward as if a fifth season is a foregone conclusion. Herskovitz and Zwick signed a deal in March to run Nashville's potential fifth season, about six weeks before ABC canceled the show.

At the end of Wednesday's episode, central character Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) is on a plane that goes missing while en route to Nashville.

The #BringBackNashville campaign has gotten traction on Twitter among the show's fans and stars. A change.org petition to revive the show has also gathered more than 100,000 signatures. However, stars Connie Britton and Chris Carmack have also publicly spoken out about the anti-LGBT law that was recently passed in Tennessee, with Britton noting that she would "not necessarily feel comfortable" continuing to work in the state. (She later said that she was "so upset" upon learning the show had been canceled.) Also, Panettiere has said that she'll use her time off from the show to deal with her real-life post-partum depression.