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TV's 'Nashville' to end its run after upcoming sixth season

FILE - In this July 27, 2012 file photo, cast members Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere attend the "Nashville" panel at the Disney ABC TCA in Beverly Hills, Calif. The country music series “Nashville” will return for its sixth and final season in January, ending a show that had to handle the jump to another network and the loss of a key star. Cancelled by ABC after four seasons, "Nashville" jumped to CMT but creators are now pulling the plug after more than 120 episodes, citing “creative” reasons. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File)

The country music series "Nashville" will return for its sixth and final season in January, ending a show that had to handle the jump to another network and the loss of a key star.

Cancelled by ABC after four seasons, "Nashville" jumped to CMT but creators are now pulling the plug after more than 120 episodes, citing "creative" reasons.

The show starring Hayden Panettiere has produced hits on the Billboard country charts, spawned U.S. tours and earned Connie Britton both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Britton's character was killed off in season five.

The final 16-episode season of "Nashville" premieres Jan. 4 and will air in two chunks, with the finale coming this summer. Episodes also stream on Hulu the day after they air on CMT.

Cast member Charles Esten tweeted after news broke of the shows end:

"Hard to express the amount of gratitude in my heart. This role, this show, and this city have changed everything for me and mine. I’ll have plenty of time to give my thanks to so many, but for now: To our incredibly loyal #Nashies all over the world: THANK YOU ?? #NoYouNoUs"

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