What’s Next For ‘Nashville’?

Fans of ‘Nashville‘ are now sitting in anticipation after the series finale last night. Will another network or streaming service pick up the show, or is this the end of some of their favorite characters?

ABC unexpectedly canceled Nashville on May 12. The May 25 episode was originally intended as just the Season 4 finale, but the writers had written and filmed alternate endings as a precautionary measure, giving them time to wrap up the loose ends for Nashville‘s main characters.

Wednesday night’s episode managed to settle almost all of the characters in seemingly happy endings, but it also left the series on a last-minute cliffhanger that left fans furious.

*SPOILER ALERT*
After going public about her stint in rehab and admitting that she was responsible for Jeff’s death, Juliette decided to skip the Oscars and return to Nashville to see Avery and Cadence. However, Avery was informed as he waited for Juliette that air traffic control lost contact with her plane 90 miles west of the city. (In other words, just when Juliette started to get things together, she may have died.)

With the show coming to an end, Hayden Panettiere (Juliette) announced she will be stepping away from acting to cope with postpartum depression, but several other cast members have talked about their possibilities if the show doesn’t get picked up.

Lennon Stella plays Maddie Conrad, daughter to Connie Britton’s Rayna James. Fans can be hopeful and grateful for more Lennon & Maisy music in the future, but the older Stella sister says her favorite hobby is photography.

Lennon is still in school, so part of her time will be accounted for the next few years.

Actress Aubrey Peebles, the woman behind Layla Grant, may consider going back to school as well considering she deferred going to Harvard twice! If she decides to finally go to college, she told Taste Of Country she wouldn’t study acting.

“I don’t think Harvard has an undergraduate journalism program, but they have a very large create your own major program and I’d like to do something kind of leaning towards that, because I’ve always loved editing and writing,” Peebles, an accomplished blues musician, says. “So I kind of just wanna go and learn about a bunch of random things that I’m interested in and then maybe, I would probably get a degree in something as close to journalism as possible because that’s another love of mine.”

Real life may imitate art for Jonathan Jackson, who played Avery Barkley. His character is a musician who has begun to get into producing records. That’s where Jackson hopes his future lies, as well — although he’s not giving up on big or small screen work.

Finally, Charles Esten admits he’d like to pursue more comedy after his time as Deacon Claybourne on Nashville comes to an end. He may finally have time to release a full album, something he’s been somewhat hesitant to do.

“I also want to do a lot of writing here in town, and having said that, making my own music and stepping up to the plate and finally putting something out, that’s a little bit daunting,” the actor says at the Big Machine Label Group website. “For years I’ve been able to say other people’s words, sing other people’s songs, say it the way they directed me. So when you do make an album, it’s a little bit like, here I am, this is me, this is what I want to put out. But it’s time to move forward on that.”

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