Recently, CMT announced that after a debate, they are getting set to bring over “Nashville” to the air after four seasons on ABC, and that is a cause for great celebration. We do personally think that this is the perfect home for the series for many reasons, with the primary one being that CMT is a network that celebrates this sort of music. They can embrace so much more than the show itself, and that seems to be precisely what they are doing.
Speaking in a new interview per Deadline, the cable network’s head of development Jayson Dinsmore made a strong suggestion that there could be some sort of aftershow component to the series where the music could be celebrated to go along with discussions and other great stuff around the show:
“Nothing’s set in stone, but imagine if we did sort of a Talking Dead for Nashville where we had some of the cast, maybe some performances, maybe some fans come and talk about the show … We [would] do it in the studio, sort of engage the audience and that loyal fan base on a deeper level. That’s something we can afford to do in cable that they probably don’t have the opportunity at broadcast.”
One of the reasons why an aftershow doesn’t quite work on ABC is because of the nature of the schedule. The local news has to air after the new episodes, and there may be a sentiment to go along with that about the ratings not holding up. On CMT, there are lower expectations and also more room for experiments.