After four seasons, ABC has canceled the show “Nashville,” reports the Hollywood Reporter.
The drama was one of the few not included in ABC’s 15-show renewal spree back in March, and also one of the network’s only dramas from an outside studio (Lionsgate). However, the country music series’ cancelation was still somewhat surprising. The series enjoyed a sizeable DVR boost up to a 1.9 among adults 18-49 and enjoyed ancillary profits from soundtracks and concert tours.
The primetime soap was set to hit its 100th episode next season, and had lined up respected writers Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick (My So-Called Life, thirtysomething) as new showrunners for season five. One complicating factor? An anti-LGBT law recently passed in Tennessee, where the show filmed, that cast members including Britton had spoken out against.
Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella, Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples also starred. The series saw its cast change several times over the years. Eric Close, who played Britton’s former TV husband, was written out at the end of season three and Oliver Hudson was killed off at the beginning of this season.
The series, which airs Wednesdays, has two new episodes left to air, including what will be its series finale on May 25.
No updates or comments have been added to the “Nashville” Facebook page. We are going to miss our weekly “Nashville” fix.
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