“Nashville” to End After Season 6

Nashville has been canceled by CMT. The upcoming sixth season of the country music drama will be its last.

The final season will be 16 episode and will premiere January 4, meaning the series finale will air in summer 2018.

“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 in a 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.”

Kevin Beggs, chairman of Lionsgate Television group said the it has been a journey of 120 episodes of “unforgettable television,” however it is time, creatively for the series to come to an end. “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,” Beggs added in his statement.

In May 2016 the show was axed by ABC after four seasons, but was immediately picked up and saved by CMT. Most of the original cast made it through the transition, but Connie Britton was killed off the show in season five.

Nashville’s sixth and final season will premiere January 4 on CMT.