The ratings for ABC’s music city soap opera, Nashville were down (3.7 million viewers) after Wednesday night’s airing. Meanwhile, newly hired showrunners, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herkovitz (formerly of Thirtysomething) are set to take over the show for an upcoming 5th season, but ABC has not officially announced the series renewal.
Now comes word via Deadline.com on Thursday that the showrunners are already assembling a writers room designed to help the duo who are new to the country music scene. Word is the 5th season could be smaller in episodes and actually wind down the series to its finale. The assemblance of a writers room, wouls seem to indicate the show could move forward in some form.
The renewal of Nashville has gone down to the wire the last couple of seasons, mostly coming down to ABC and Lionsgate trying to negotiate the salaries required for the the show’s leading ladies: Connie Britton (Rayna) and Hayden Panettiere (Juliette).
So, what do you think? Will Nashville get renewed? Should it? Will the new showrunners help the series increase their ratings? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!