In a shocking move, ABC has canceled country music & TV drama lovers’ favorite show ‘Nashville’ after four seasons.
Despite some signs that the show would live on for a fifth season after hiring Emmy- award winning producers to revive the storylines, Nashville didn’t earn a renewal.
The series finale will air on May 25, HOWEVER, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the end of the line for Nashville fans.
Lionsgate TV will reportedly shop Nashville to other networks in the hope of picking up a fifth season elsewhere.
The show has often been a ratings question mark according to Deadline, but it survived through a combination of state and local funding from the state of Tennessee and the city of Nashville — where it actually films on location. The show helped bring millions of dollars into the Nashville economy, and went on to earn additional revenue from sales of music from the show.
The cast of Nashville has also embarked on live concert tours to raise the show’s profile.
Meanwhile, just hours before the shocking announcement, Nashville star Hayden Panettiere revealed plans to take some time away from acting & will check into a treatment center to deal with the aftermath of her postpartum depression.
The 26-year-old actress gave birth to her first child, daughter Kaya, in December 2014 and has been open about her struggles.
In October she entered rehab for postpartum depression, but Panettiere told fans that she’s still not where she wants to be.
Yahoo reports that Panettiere has entered a treatment facility in Utah.
Panettiere has talked about the positive feedback and overwhelming support she’s received from fans and mothers who’ve gone through something similar. “The biggest message that I’ve been trying to promote for women is that it’s okay to ask for help,” she told People in March.
“It’s like being in a tunnel,” she said. “You can’t even remember when you felt good. You try and think back to when you felt good, when you felt positive, when you felt happy, and you can’t. All you see is this enveloping darkness.”