‘Nashville’ Canceled by ABC After Four Seasons
Oh, come on! Ugh, I hate having to report these kinds of things, but it looks like it’s all over for Nashville, as ABC has decided to cancel the series after four seasons.
Say what you will about the repetitive nature of certain storylines (Juliette freaking out, Maddie being the worst, Deacon struggling with addiction), but I genuinely loved the show, even in its wonkiest moments. Granted, a lot changed this season on the show, which may have contributed to its untimely downfall. For one, we had new showrunners in the form of thirtysomething‘s Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, who took the show in a direction that seemed to downplay a lot of the musical moments that had become a staple of the show. Sure, we still got songs, but those moments felt underplayed amid crazier, soap operatic drama that ultimately ended up feeling cyclical. Another issue was losing Hayden Panettiere for half the season, as she underwent treatment for postpartum depression. Of course, we don’t know for sure that losing Juliette Barnes caused a dip in ratings, but as one of the biggest stars on the show (if not THE biggest), it certainly didn’t help not having her around. Still, I was interested in seeing how the future played out for these characters, whether Maddie’s burgeoning musical career would take off, whether Rayna or Deacon’s marriage would persevere, and whether or not Will Lexington managed to overcome bigotry to regain his foothold in country music. Those were all interesting journeys, in my opinion, and it’s a shame that we won’t really get to see how these characters carry on in the years to come.
The Season 4 finale, which will now serve as the Nashville series finale, airs Wednesday, May 25 on ABC. Hopefully, some of the more talented members of the ensemble can find promising work in new shows, since Connie Britton, Charles Esten, Hayden Panettiere and Jonathan Jackson are people I generally like having on my TV screen.
But what do you think about the cancellation of Nashville? Sound off in the comments!
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