'Nashville' to come to a close with Season 6

The sixth and final season will premiere on CMT in January.
By Annie Martin Follow @littlemannie   |  Nov. 17, 2017 at 1:22 PM
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Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Musical drama Nashville will come to a close with Season 6.

CMT, which picked up the series in Season 5, confirmed Friday that the show has been canceled.

"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.

"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," he added.

The sixth and final season will premiere Jan. 4, with the series finale slated for summer. Charles Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne, thanked fans on Twitter following news of the drama's impending end.

"Hard to express the amount of gratitude in my heart," the 52-year-old actor wrote. "This role, this show, and this city have changed everything for me and mine. I'll have plenty of time to give my thanks to so many, but for now: To our incredibly loyal #Nashies all over the world: THANK YOU #NoYouNoUs."

Nashville originally debuted on ABC in 2012 with Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere and Clare Bowen as stars. Britton's character, Rayna James, was killed off in Season 5 following the show's move to CMT.

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