Since its launch back in 2012 Nashville has shone a light on country music and has been credited with being a major influence on the growth of UK country in particular, with the likes of Ward Thomas, and The Shires debuting at the height of the shows success. British actor and musician Sam Palladio also stars as Gunnar Scott in the US drama meaning it has also helped launch the career of a Brit star.
The hit music drama based around country music stars living and working in Nashville premiered on American TV network ABC back in 2012, and after four successful seasons of twists and turns, it was unceremoniously axed by the channel. But after fans who are known as Nashies intervened, calling for the show to be picked up by another network, CMT came to the rescue and saved Nashville.
But CMT have now announced that the upcoming sixth season of Nashville will be the last ever. Speaking about season 6 being the last in a press release, executive producer Marshall Herskovitz said; “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. 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.”
Lionsgate Television Group’s Chairman Kevin Beggs also added; “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. 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.”
Stars of the hugely successful TV series have thanked the fans for their support and loyalty;
— Lennon and Maisy (@lennonandmaisy) November 18, 2017
Season 6 will be the final for @NashvilleCMT. I want to thank the fans for their incredible support. We're going to finish Season 6 strong! I look forward to seeing you all at a concert in the coming year. pic.twitter.com/18dRgIuyyF
— Jonathan Jackson (@JonathanJackson) November 17, 2017
Hard to express the amount of gratitude in my heart. 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 https://t.co/Rwtc6ysSgU
— Charles Esten (@CharlesEsten) November 17, 2017
— Clare Bowen (@clarembee) November 17, 2017
The country music series will air Stateside this coming January and will feature 16 episodes shown in two parts with the season finale airing in the summer of 2018. It is due to air on UK channel Sky Arts several months after the US launch date.
— CMT (@CMT) November 15, 2017
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