NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An intimate crowd gathered on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry Wednesday night to hear a special performance from members of the cast of ABC’s “Nashville.”
Fans bought tickets for the Opry performance to benefit the Pencil Foundation, which provides resources and volunteers to help Metro Nashville Public Schools students.
It just so happened that the concert fell on the same evening of the “Nashville” finale, with the news of the show’s cancellation coming just two weeks before.
Members of the cast joined fans backstage to watch it.
Chip Esten, who plays Deacon on the show, told WKRN he’s grateful for the last four years in Music City.
“Always the best part of (the show) was making it and getting to play these characters, and getting to hang out with these people that I work with,” Esten said. “So that will be hard to say goodbye if we have to. Either way, I’ve never had two seasons of a great show, let alone four like this. So I am seriously very grateful to ABC for the four years that we’ve had here. ”
But fans and cast members alike are hoping “Nashville” will land somewhere else.
Producers are pitching the show to other networks.