Nashville fans receiving shocking news of the show's cancellation earlier this week.
After four seasons, it was announced that ABC pulled the plug on the Callie Khouri-created drama.
— Variety (@Variety) May 13, 2016
Nashville was apparently not the only show that ended up on the chopping block for the network this year. According to the Hollywood Reporter, such shows as Castle and The Muppets also joined the list of recent cancellations.
Actress Connie Britton, who played the leading role of Rayna Jaymes, opened up about the show's cancellation to her fans and followers on Instagram and Twitter Friday. The Emmy award-nominated actress addressed her statement to the Nashville cast, crew and fans and posted a picture of her character along with it.
"I'd just like to say it's been my honor to be a part of this world, to live in it and breathe it in and try to replicate it. Sometimes we were more successful than others. But the place of Nashville in my heart is deep and permanent. I am grateful for the hard work and faith of so many who dedicated themselves to creating and supporting this show."
Connie Britton was definitely one of the show's biggest stars. During the earlier seasons of Nashville, the life, love, and successful music career of Rayna James was apparently a major focal point for the show's writers. Jaymes was a longtime country music star that was getting used to the "transitional" stage of her career, especially with younger acts like Juliette Barnes and Layla Grant making their way into the limelight.
However, instead of focusing on her own career, Rayna tried very hard to maintain a good reputation and image within the industry even though her struggling love life and complicated relationship with her oldest daughter made it very challenging to do so.
Nashville stars are just as shocked and sad as you are that the show was cancelled: https://t.co/TjfJMtN5ec pic.twitter.com/yTwSQlh0Cu
— E! News (@enews) May 13, 2016
The fourth season of Nashville has been an emotional roller coaster ride for the show's longtime fans and viewers. Along with the high point of witnessing Rayna and Deacon Claiborne (played by Charles Esten) finally become husband and wife, the season seems to be winding down with the couple's daughter Maddie emancipating herself and wanting nothing to do with either of them.
With only two episodes remaining in the fourth season, it is still unclear how the show is going to end, especially since it's reportedly not being renewed. Chances are that the emotional turbulence is not stopping anytime soon; the final two episodes are titled "It's Sure Gonna Hurt" and "Maybe You'll Appreciate Me Someday."
— Tela (@TBNashie) May 12, 2016
#Nashville canceled by ABC.
I BLAME MADDIE.
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) May 12, 2016
For those that are saddened by the unexpected end of the show's run on ABC, Connie Britton shared another timely message specifically addressed to them on social media. She essentially promoted a particular book as a souvenir of sorts that Nashville fans could use in order to cherish the essence of the show and the city.
"If you're sad about the end of Nashville, GET THIS BOOK! Photographed stunningly by [Sonya Jasinski] and [Kate York] who incidentally wrote a whopping 17 songs for our show! This book is filled with the people of Nashville (look, there's T Bone Burnett and Callie Khouri right on the cover!) and the best part is that everyone has written something personal about what Nashville is to them. Me too! I'm telling you, it will quell the pain."
The book may or may not "quell the pain" for all Nashville fans. However, there is still a hope that the fans' interest and love for the show will inspire a streaming service like Hulu or Netflix to pick up where ABC left off.
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