2018 will mark the end of an era for Nashville fans. After being brought back from cancellation by CMT, the network has decided to wrap the series after its sixth season.
The country music drama quickly earned a dedicated following when it debuted on ABC in 2012. The series earned acclaim for featuring the genre while supplying entertaining storylines. It also showcased the Music City at time when tourism began booming more than ever, drawing new attention to the town and it’s institutions, including the Grand Ole Opry.
The series was cancelled by ABC in 2016, but it was brought back to CMT after a huge public outcry. The decision to cancel appears to be more of a creative decision than one based on ratings.
“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,” Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs said in a press release. “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 6th season the most exciting and memorable of all.”
The final season of CMT’s Nashville will premiere at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4.