Stars, fans say goodbye to "Nashville" in final season

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NASHVILLE -- "Nashville" survived one previous cancellation, but the final curtain call is coming for the TV melodrama about the trials and tribulations of country music stars.

Lionsgate announced in November that after 120 episodes, the time had come for the series to end. The sixth and final season premieres Jan. 4 on CMT. It will air in two parts, with the finale coming this summer.

Although it was always soft on ratings, the fans -- who called themselves Nashies -- were loyal to the series starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, who both earned Golden Globe nominations for their roles. "Nashville" spawned more than a dozen soundtracks featuring songs from the series, concert tours with the actors and singers, and a tourism boom in the Southern city where it was filmed.

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