Fans looking for their “Nashville” fix will soon have an easy time finding the show. The country music drama will be in syndication on AXS TV.
Charles Esten, who plays Rayna’s (Connie Britton) love Deacon, told fans that they’d soon be able to see “Nashville” reruns on AXS TV in addition to the new episodes on ABC. The network had him record a video for Twitter to make the announcement.
— AXS TV (@AXSTV) June 24, 2015
AXS TV is relatively new, having launched in July 2012. Much of their programming is music-based already, with reruns of “X-Factor UK” and original shows like “The World’s Greatest Tribute Band.” AXS TV will start airing “Nashville” reruns in the fall. They haven’t released specific dates or times yet.
The network hopes to bring in new and old fans. “With its talented cast, dramatic storylines and powerful performances from industry icons and rising stars, we are confident that ‘Nashville’ will connect with our viewers, while attracting a new audience of those who may have missed out on watching from the beginning of the series,” CEO of AXS TV Mark Cuban said in a press release. “This will also be a great opportunity for its devoted fan base to experience ‘Nashville’ all over again.”
Syndication could be a very big deal for “Nashville.” The Hollywood Reporter points out that reruns of “The Big Bang Theory” helped their ratings go up. “Nashville” is often considered an “on the bubble” show, meaning that fans never know if it will be renewed or canceled by ABC at the end of the year. This could give the county music drama the ratings boost it needs.
Even showrunner Dee Johnson wasn’t sure that they’d get renewed when she wrote Deacon’s (Charles Esten) life-or-death cliffhanger at the end of Season 3. “I had a pretty good feeling about it but you know in this business you cannot just float about in a bubble of everything’s going to work out as we want,” Johnson told TV Fanatic last month. “You always have a little bit of nail biting somewhere.”
Hopefully, this will bring new viewers to the show, but longtime fans will also get the chance to relive the series from the beginning. A lot has changed in three seasons of “Nashville.” Before Juliette (Hayden Panetierre) and Avery (Jonathan Jackson) had a baby, Avery was Scarlett’s (Clare Bowen) mean boyfriend. Deacon wasn’t together with Rayna. He was sleeping with Juliette, and he didn’t even know that Maddie (Lennon Stella) was actually his daughter.
“Nashville” reruns start on AXS TV in the fall and Season 4 will premiere on Sept. 23 at 10 p.m. EDT on ABC. Will you watch the reruns? Sound off in the comments section below!