I’m not used to being in this position: the uneasy feeling of the television viewer as renewal season comes around and your favourite US TV show’s fate is still up in the air. Over the years I’ve been addicted to many – The OC, Desperate Housewives, Lost – but I have a woefully short attention span and my interest’s usually waned by the time the axe comes down.
With Nashville it’s different. Two series in and I am hooked. So hooked it’s unhealthy (I recently watched eight episodes in one weekend) but so invested I can’t bear the thought of it not coming back for a third series.
However, its future is looking increasingly uncertain. Last night US network ABC ordered a collection of pilots to series – including Karen Gillan’s Selfie – and renewed and cancelled a spate of its existing shows. Nashville was absent from both announcements, its third series reportedly still in the balance.
There are many reasons why it should stay on our screens – earlier this year I came up with ten of them (Here they are. Shameless plug, I know.) For starters, the music. Conceived by some of the city’s best songwriters and so toe-tappingly good it stays in my head for days, it’s performed by one and all – from Nashville’s sassy leading ladies Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere to outrageously talented youngsters Lennon and Maisy Stella.
Then there’s the accents – y’all know what I’m talking about – the sparkles, the Stetsons. Nashville has put Nashville on my travel to-do list. I want to see it all for real – The Bluebird Cafe, The Opry, the guitars strummed on street corners.
And I would be lying if I said I wasn’t crushing on Deacon Claybourne with his love-lorn gaze and stubbly, chiselled jawline. Ladies (and gentlemen), I know I’m not alone.
So, come on ABC. Pull out your wallet and give Nashville one more series. I know it’s no Breaking Bad but it’s one of my favourites and, judging by social media, we the fans are a force to be reckoned with. You know we’ll kick up one hell of a fuss if it’s cancelled so it would be easier all round to just give series three the green light. Pretty please.