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‘Nashville’ to End After Sixth Season

CMT’s drama series Nashville will end its run with its upcoming sixth season, series officials confirmed Friday.

The county music-themed series, which stars Hayden Panettiere, Clare Bowen and Chris Carmack, premiered its first season on CMT last year after airing its first four seasons on ABC. Its sixth and final season will debut Jan. 4 on CMT, according to series producer Lionsgate.

 “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,” said Kevin Beggs, chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group 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 6th season the most exciting and memorable of all.”

Nashville is executive produced by Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick (Thirtysomething), Steve Buchanan and Callie Khouri, who created the series.

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