CMT confirmed the upcoming sixth season of Nashville will be the series’ final season. The network’s set a Thursday, January 4, 2018 premiere date for the first half of the 16 episode sixth season. The second half will premiere during the summer of 2018.
Nashville‘s currently shooting season six, with season five setting new high viewership numbers for CMT. According to CMT, Nashville‘s the most watched series in the network’s history. It brought in nearly 16 million viewers, averaging 2.1 million weekly viewers.
The music-driven series is a Lionsgate and Opry Entertainment production and was created by Callie Khouri. The cast includes Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Kaitlin Doubleday as Jessie Caine, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad. Season six adds Rhiannon Giddens as Hallie Jordan and Cameron Scoggins as Zach Welles in recurring roles.
“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,” stated executive producer Marshall Herskovitz. “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.”
“We’re announcing today that Nashville will return for its 6th and final season on January 4, 2018,” said Kevin Beggs, Chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group. “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 6th season the most exciting and memorable of all.”
The Plot: Nashville is set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and follows the lives of country music superstars as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Music City can mean so many things to different people. In Nashville, musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm, driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and are doing everything in their power to stay on top.