CMT is cancelling Nashville when the country music drama concludes its sixth season next year, writes

This will be the second time that Nashville met face-to-face with TV’s Grim Reaper. The drama ran for seasons on ABC before getting the ax. CMT then picked it up for what will now be its final two seasons.

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Nashville debuted on ABC in October 2012 with Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) and Hayden Panettiere in the starring roles as rival country music stars. Britton left the show in season five, but the cast was joined by Rachel Bilson, who had starred in The O.C. and The Hart of Dixie.

Nashville has received generally strong reviews over the years with giving season one a score of 92 out of a possible 100. The site, which tracks critical reviews, summarized the reviews for Nashville as such:

“Nashville promotes catchy pop-western tunes and plays to non-fans of the genre with its sharp atmosphere and its stellar narratives.”

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The ratings have also been strong for a CMT show, but notes that the Viacom-owned channel is shifting from scripted programming to less-expensive reality fare, making Nashville expendable.

Nashville’s 16-episode sixth, and now final, season will debut on January 4.

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— Phillip Swann