Start stocking up on tissues now — the Nashville series finale is set. CMT confirmed on Friday that season 6 of the show will be its last.
In a statement, executive producer Marshall Kerskovitz had the following to say about saying farewell to this series:
“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.”
In some ways, we consider the final-season announcement to be a surprise just because CMT acquired the show recently for season 5 — therefore, they’ve really only broadcasted it for two seasons as an original series. Yet, we suspect that they may have recognized this as a short-term investment. After six or seven years contracts for most of the main cast will have expired, and that puts the show in a difficult spot — it becomes much more expensive to shoot, and you face the possibility of even more characters departing. This is a series that somehow managed to weather the exit of Connie Britton’s Rayna James, but we’re not sure how many more exits it could stomach.
In announcing the final season early, one of the biggest benefits that comes with it is that the fine folks on the show can start to think in advance in terms of how they want to wrap everything up. That’s important since with a show like this, (one with so many beloved characters, and twists, and turns) you don’t want to leave anyone feeling blindsided or like they didn’t have an opportunity to say goodbye to some of their favorite characters. You want everyone to feel as though they had a chance for some real, genuine closure. Hopefully, this show finds a way to offer that up.
The Nashville series finale, (unless CMT changes up the pattern of airing episodes from season 5), should air at some point in the summer. New episodes return in January, and you can watch a new sneak peek below.
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