Nashville beat the odds when it was canceled by ABC after four seasons last year. It was swiftly saved by CMT network and is scheduled to return for Season 6 in early 2018.
Unfortunately for fans, the season will represent the show's final curtain call and will close off the storylines for good. CMT has opted to bring the show to a close.
“All of us on Nashville are so incredibly grateful to the show’s fans, who convinced CMT to give us a chance to keep telling the story of these remarkable characters,” executive producer Marshall Herskovitz said via statement.
“And we want to return the favor with a final season that celebrates all the joys and passions, twists and turns — and amazing music! — that made Nashville such an exciting journey for the last six years.”
The show's fate has been up in the air for some time, and there have been rumblings about how long it would go on the cable network.
"After more than 120 episodes of unforgettable television, we believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to its triumphant close at the end of the upcoming season” Kevin Beggs, chairman of Lionsgate Television Group, said in a statement.
“We’re very proud of our incredibly talented cast and crew, the creative brilliance of our showrunners, and the loyal support of our great partners at CMT, Hulu and ABC Studios."
"Most importantly, we owe a special debt of thanks to the Nashville fans who propelled the series to an incredible run. We owe it to them to make the sixth season the most exciting and memorable of all.”
Given that this time the cancellation has been announced well in advance, it is widely expected that there will be wrap up given at the close of Season 6.
The news comes almost nine months after series lead, Connie Britton bid adieu in emotional circumstances as Rayna Jaymes.
The 16-episode sixth and final season of Nashville will debut January 4, 2018, on CMT.
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