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NASHVILLE Canceled By ABC!

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Another soap opera will bid farewell sooner than expected.   ABC has canceled the Music City drama, Nashville after four seasons.

After being on the bubble of cancellation for some time, but then getting new showrunners for a fifth season in place (Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick), things seem to be looking on the bright side for the series pick-up. However according to Deadline who first broke the news, ABC decided it had to go.  With former ABC programming executive, Paul Lee gone from the network, who was one of the show’s biggest cheerleaders, that certainly didn’t help either.

But Nashville did have its faithful viewing audience, and while not a ratings juggernaut, the show illustrated solid DVR bumps and the Nashville-themed TV music specials, soundstrack and tour a cemented their brand.   Just yesterday, ABC announced a high-profile VR digital extension for the show to go with the last three episodes of the season.

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Nashville featured former five-time Daytime Emmy winner, Jonathan Jackson in the role of Avery, as well as series leads Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, and Charles Esten.  The series finale, which originally was slated to be the season four finale will air on May 25th at 10PMEST/PST.

So are you saddened to hear that Nashville has sung its last song?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Jeanne
Jeanne

I am beyond disappointed! WHYYYY does ABC keep dropping my favorite shows??? Nashville is one of the best night time shows and I always look forward to it…. dammit!!!

JK
JK

AMEN…..ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS LEFT ON T.V. ABC IS FALLING APART.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

NOT! Nashville never found its center–and CERTAINLY never showcased Jonathan Jackson’s talents. Character development, continuity, and compelling story–its downfall. Like GH, it had too many characters–and sprawling, underdeveloped storylines. Could have/should have been great. Charles Esten is great–the first season featuring his story was great; it went down from there. I hope someone builds a story around his talents–because he certainly deserves that.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Can Castle be far behind?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Like I said–CASTLE CANCELLED!

Harry
Harry

There were a lot of misfires for sure. Like HBO’s Vinyl, Nashville’s biggest mistake was to veer away from the music. Too much emphasis was put on Rayna and her annoying daughter. But I think it was savable with a l of tweaking and re direction.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I couldn’t DISAGREE with you more Nancy. There wad plenty of character development, continuity and compelling stories. Family angst… Rayna and hetmr father, Juliette and her mother, Scarlett snd her mother, Will and his father…alcoholism, broken hearts, yearning love, gay acceptance, rivalry…the show had it all yet managed to be cohesive and welcoming. The town, the music, the friendships all centered around a music community . As for it not being country music enough for you, it is the country music of today, from Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Band Perry…the list goes on and on of hip, rock and blues type country music that is happening now…all tbe while using lyrics to tie into the stories. It wasn’t supposed to be HeeHaw. 😉 There were many country artists who visited the show; T Bone Burnett, a much respected songwriter, producer, performer was executive music producer and co-composer for Season one and though I wish he had stayed on and I also think it dipped a bit, I never lost interest. Just waited for it to peak back up. The new writers should have been afforded the opportunity to do make it happen. This show nd its fans deserved the chance

rebecca1
rebecca1

Harry,,,I LOVE Vinyl! Bobby Cannavale is fantastic! No misfires for me on this one…enjoy every minute of it.(Except for Elvis in the hotel…too funny.)

As for Rayna, she was established from the beginning of the show as the central character so much of it centered around her world or her reach into the other characters lives. She was like the warm beacon…But yes, too much Maddie this season but in the end led to a good payoff in terms of how it effected Rayna and Deacon’s relationship, Deacon and his turned crazy sponsor-partner, Maddie’s emancipation, etc. All good melodrama that the daytime soaps should take a lesson from.

Hayjay
Hayjay

Agree! Really hope something changes & Hulu or Netflix picks it up

Helen Banks
Helen Banks

I’m so disappointed that the show is being cancelled. ..Shame on you ABC

fginaspy
fginaspy

I came board late to watching this show. I tried it early and didn’t take to it. Last summer I binged and all the seasons before the current started. Last week’s episode was shocking for the violence. A part of me doesn’t want to watch this week’s episode. However, the show is wonder to showcase great music.

Kathy Goodrich
Kathy Goodrich

I am so ticked off at ABC. Tired of them cancelling all the shows I loved. AMC and OLTL was one of them. I loved Nashville because it was different. The music was especially great in the beginning. I was looking forward to the new team coming in and hopefully bringing back what made Nashville great…..the music telling the stories of the characters. I’m heartbroken!!

Maureen Lynch
Maureen Lynch

Yes I find it disappointing – not really a country fan but I enjoyed the music. Hopefully finale on the 25th will be an actual finale and not a cliffhanger.

Mary
Mary

Are you serious! I’m Extremely disappointed with this decision. I watch every week.

Amber
Amber

Get over it, lol. Nashville sucked. The best was the first season, good riddance Nashville.

Harry
Harry

YOU get over it, Amber. By the way, your bedside manner sucks.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Like I said–first season!

Terri
Terri

So disappointed!

su0000
su0000

I knew this was the last season for Nashville ..
Outside of the music, that catered to country fans, it had no real gripping anything..

(wonder what will replace the time-slot)

rebecca1
rebecca1

The music didnt cater to country fans Su. I’m not a country music fan per se, although I must say that the crossover with rock, blues, etc and some very cool bands/singers has expanded its reach. Gone are the ol’ school country artists like Willy Nelson, Johnny Cadh, Loretta Lynn, etc. who obviously had a huge “pure” country following and were very talented. But new country is very mixed. I think if more country fans watched the show it would have had better ratings!

Vsey disappointed. I loved the show and was very invested in the characters. Maybe they needed more of a social media presence…or a promotional campaign that DIDN’T emphasize the country aspect but instead publicized the STORY aspect. They might have drawn those that assumed they wouldnt like a country music show.

Ridiculous that they didnt give the new writers a chance.

Harry
Harry

I agree Rebecca–the last episode which aired last night was full of promise.
Nashville is at its best when it focuses on the music, the new talent, etc.
The gay stroyline involving Will is indeed intriguing, not to mention timely.
Where Nashville went wrong was focusing too much on Rayan’s family, and namely, on her daughter Maddie. I also found Scarlett and her incoherent mumbling to be tiresome.
But JJ was a star and he really deserves this series to carry on. I made a point of watching every Wednesday and I am greatly disappointed to hear AMC gave up way too soon.

Harry
Harry

Sorry, ABC, not AMC.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

su000, we agree again! 🙂

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

THIS country fan would have loved it IF it HAD catered to country music fans–they showcased songs, but not many were country OR outstanding.

Harry
Harry

I just wanted to add that aside from GH and Y&R, I do not watch Network television. Nashville is the only nighttime, network programming I watch.
I am not a country music fan but some of the music on Nashville was so good it bypassed my aversion to country music. And it featured that gem of an actor, Jonathan Jackson.
I think this is a huge mistake and ABC ought to sign on for one more year.

Shay
Shay

@Harry….As we discussed eons ago, the females really killed this show for me….especially Rayna and her daughters. Ditto for Scarlett….plus, even a little bit of Hayden P.’s character went a long way. I did enjoy the masterful Powers Boothe and should have liked a lot more of him, as well as an equal emphasis on the high-society aspect of Nashville, in addition to the music biz. I initially watched for Jonathan Jackson, and he certainly didn’t disappoint, nor did Chris Carmack….in fact, we should have had a double-serving of the latter! Twin Carmacks……one straight, one not….(Something for everyone!!!) and a very interesting concept since it happens so often in real life! Oh well, enough of the post-mortems and wishlists….I still maintain that if this cancellations brings Lucky back to Port Charles, even on a limited or recurring basis, then this is a winning situation because GH really needs him around….and so does his family!

Omar
Omar

I am from NYC and I have not one country song on my music playlist, yet I still loved NASHVILLE..The ratings were low and show was always on the bubble and this year the show story telling was subpar, so not surprise that it got cancel

I am happy that Lionsgate Television is shopping the show around and looking for a new home..There is still more story to be told on this show, just to give it the right ending..Wished ABC would have given it one more season, much like they did with REVENGE last year and what they will do with ONCE UPON ON TIME next season and let the show writers give us the right ending for the show that many of us care for!!

Jeannie
Jeannie

Why are you doing this? The actors are phenomenol.I have enjoyed watching all four seasons. How are they going to wrap this up? There is so much up in the air right now. If ABC won’t keep it then perhaps another channel can pick it up. What a waste of excellent talent.

Sincerely,
Disgruntled Nashville Fan

Melissa
Melissa

Sad to see this go. Loved the music and the actors. Wish they had given the new writing team a shot.

Keri
Keri

So disappointed

Sal Corrente
Sal Corrente

Horrible News I couldn’t be more disappointed.

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

Extremely Upset by the cancellation of Nashville. Great music, great actors, and riveting stories.

blake
blake

I didn’t watch Nashville but that is really crappy to do to the cast, crew and fans. I know this isn’t the first time it’s happened but it’s still bad to do it right at the end of a season.

Bonnie
Bonnie

This is very upsetting to me, this leaves only 1 abc show left f
for me. The only other shows I watch are cable and they are mid season shows. This show had great acting, stories and music. Not a country music fan, but enjoyef this.
Jonathan was the reason I starting watching and got hooked.
Sad day

Stephanie
Stephanie

I am so mad Nashville is being canceled!!! It was just in TV guide recently it looked good for another season. Evidently, the new head at ABC does not know what he is doing and will be losing fans by canceling this show. It is not right that all the good shows are taken off and all the obnoxious shows are still on!! Very, very upset!!!!!!

Donna Dykema
Donna Dykema

Nashville, one of my favorite shows, did not deserve to be cancelled. All of my friends are furious too. We have all agreed not to watch any new shows in the upcoming seasons that ABC introduces!

Phyllis
Phyllis

So sad they are taking Nashville off. I stated watching from the first show. I have always loved country music and with all shows there has to be good stories and these fit today’s life. Good music, good actors, real stars, what’s not to like? PLEASE don’t put another reality show in that slot!!!! Keep the great show everyone is already invested in

Andrew
Andrew

I am not surprised, by this news at all. Nashville was a good show, but the last 2 seasons. The show went down hill. Nashville never had good ratings, it was always on the bubble. GH need to call Jonathan Jackson and let him come back as Lucky Spencer

Shay
Shay

I never got into this particular show and its cast, so I personally couldn’t believe it lasted as long as it did, Andrew, but I do love Jonathan Jackson, and I hope he shall be available for at least some limited appearances as GH’s Lucky now that he is no longer “stuck” in Nashville!!!! That would be wonderful news, indeed!!!!

Timmm
Timmm

I tried watching it but lost interest fast! Same with “Blood and Oil’, love Don Johnson but the show was horrific! But anyway, I hope JJ comes through Port Charles for a stint maybe in August or November? Comes in and straightens out Nicholas and him and Liz get to gettin! Who knows, I love Kimberly McCullough to but am less than excited when these vets roll in and say hello and then vanish again for a year or two! Plus, I cannot see JJ coming back unless the Lukinator would mysteriously appear out of the mist! Maybe they ALL resurface when Kevin and Laura marry! Who is Laura? Is she a new character? That was a LONG dinner with Doc Collins!

Harry
Harry

Shay, you may have found the silver lining.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Come on home, Lucky–what a great boon that would be for Genie Francis who was sad when you left for the FIRST time. You can make beautiful “music” with Laura, your mother!

CarmenG
CarmenG

Just saw Nashville at Madison Square Garden. Unbelievable how talented and committed the stars are and the fans. I am terribly disappointed in ABC. Netflix: are you hearing us?

Gina
Gina

Nashville, is one of my favorite shows they talk about the great lead up to it but I myself only start watching when Nashville comes on that’s right at 10pm. Big huge gigantic mistake ABC you think your ratings are low now keep it up …you will have NO rating you screwed up daytime tv and are doing a great job with nighttime ratings …I HATE reality television. Put Nashville back on you fools!!

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

So extremely disappointed that Nashville has been cancelled. ABC did it again to loyal fans of this show. Hope what ever they put on next season on Wednesday at 10PM is worth losing even more viewers.

JK
JK

ISNT IT TIME FOR ALL OF US TO CANCEL ABC???? THIS WAS A GREAT SHOW,EXCELLENT ACTORS AND A SHOIW THAT WASNT SOME NOT-EVEN FUNNY COMEDY…. STOP WATCHING ABC, AND STOP BUYING THE SPONSORS PRODUCTS!!!!

nancy
nancy

I love this show!!! What is wrong with you people????? I’ve had it with ABC. no reason to watch now.

Patty
Patty

I am so upset it was a great show, aby take some lessons from OWN. They have and develop great soaps at night. Alol u doing is cancelling, like AMC & OLTL. I hardly watch you except for 3 shows, so sad.

lindsay
lindsay

This was such a fluid show…I have all the soundtracks too! The topics and music are needed on network TV. In a storm of horrible reality shows, we need scripted shows with relative content. Going to miss this series!

Jay Trotter
Jay Trotter

Nashville was my favorite drama in the last four years on primetime TV. They had great actors and great characters and they all will be missed. I am so sad to see it is ending but wasn’t surprised given they’ve been under a 1.0 for all of the 2016 episodes but I blame the network for this more than anything. They except these shows to pull in decent ratings with the live airing every Wed night but they make the show available on way too many devices and that doesn’t give the viewer any reason to tune in for the live airing. I post on two different Nashville boards and you won’t beleive how many people say they never watch it live or even dvr it. They say they watch it online, on the app, or on demand over the weekend. This does absolutely nothing for the ratings that matter to the network so they need to cut down on all these new age ways to watch the show.

Brett
Brett

Absolutely gutted, another soap gone!!! 🙁

Not sure what the hell I’ll be watching next year, CSI Cyber, The Family, Mike and Molly, Nashville all gone.

Colleen
Colleen

Now possibly Jonathan Jackson might return to the role of Lucky Spencer on GH

Jeanne
Jeanne

The music on Nashville is outstanding. Sam Palladio and Claire Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Charles Esten, Connie, Hayden, Chris, Will, Aubrey…….SO MUCH TALENT and we won’t be seeing them on the show anymore. I am really BUMMED!!

Luckybx
Luckybx

Aww, sorry to hear that (devilish grin). Come on home Lucky!!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Maybe Enation perform at the Nurses Ball?

Shay
Shay

Well, maybe NEXT year, Timmm!!! I just want to see Lucky again….even without Luke!!!! Furthermore, someone needs to go looking for Laura since she’s been MIA since having the longest meal in the history of soap operas!

Susan Tronerud
Susan Tronerud

I find it hard to believe that ABC would cancel such an outstanding show with such outstanding actors and acting. The music has been wonderful and well loved by almost all the people I have spoken to. If there is any possible way that it can continue to be renewed it would make a lot of
people very happy. We look forward to each and every episode. Johnathon Jackson is an amazing actor as all the others. I really hope that ABC will reconsider this decision!!!

Iakovos
Iakovos

NASHVILLE had its faults and dealt with offstage situations — network-demanded changes, actors’ personal concerns — that made it an exercise in fits and starts. Still… it was well produced, well acted (talents old and new), so strong with its music.

ABC should have given the show a fifth season with a renewed push through the summer. Another case of missed opportunities.

Susan Tronerud
Susan Tronerud

Please reconsider the decision to cancel Nashville. Everyone I know looks forward to each and episode. The music and story is wonderful. If there is any way to reconsider please do.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I would be surprised if Jonathan went backwards Harry. He’s into his Nashville life, his band and Nashville the show incorporated everything for him…music, acting and the town. No silver lining here…his return to GH wouldn’t make up for losing the show. I’d rather see Avery than Cowboy… another one bites the dust.

Rodd
Rodd

As with every series, it had its ups and downs, but I really liked this show and will miss it. The acting was always interesting and I grew to care about the characters. A lot of the stories went off track this past season but I always believed they’d get back on track.

Best wishes to the cast and crew in their future endeavors!

tml
tml

I do think we should all boycott ABC and their sponsors. It’s not like they have any show worth watching now anyway. What the CHEW? I will not watch anything in the time slots my two favorite soaps held forever! They have not successfully filled their afternoon time slots after that first fatal mistake. I really could not give a hoot about ABC as they obviously do not care about the very fans that support them. BOO!

Coco
Coco

I’m very sadden to see Nashville go. I was getting to know country music and like what I heard from the performers singing , now I will be lost again. Why can’t ABC cancel The Bachelorette and the Bachelor
Stuck On Stupid show. Neither show has any substantial important value, both shows are trashy and therefore, should be cancelled. Bring Nashville back it does have family value.

R L Jackson
R L Jackson

We want Nashville back!! Can you let ABC know they messed this one up? Thanks!

Tommy Burke
Tommy Burke

Bring Jonathan Jackson back to General Hospital !!!!! He ROCKS !!!!

Angela Giambrone
Angela Giambrone

I LOVE LOVE that program It seems you cancel every show I like Guess I will have to keep changing channels Very disappointed with you ABC

Shawna
Shawna

I’m so sad to see this go! One of my favorites.

rebecca1
rebecca1

There’s a petition to save Nashville. I signed it. It’s worth a try…

Debbie
Debbie

where, I’ll sign it

Debbie
Debbie

I am so disappointed about the cancellation, this is my favorite night time show on ABC and this just breaks my heart, I loved the story lines, the music and everything about the show, after the shows final I won’t be watching much of ABC any more, just the one daytime soap I still watch and have been for years that’s it, I pray ABC changes their minds, cause so many of us fans love Nashville,

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