Murder on Music Row: Stars Mourn the Death of ABC’s “Nashville”


With only two more episodes remaining in season four, the stars of Nashville reacted to the news Thursday that the much-loved music business soap opera won’t return for a fifth year.

“So grateful to so many for the dream that has been #Nashville,” the show’s leading man, Charles Esten, shared on Twitter. “Not always easy to be Deacon. But to play him? An absolute joy and an honor.”

“My heartfelt thanks to all the fans of #Nashville,” Will Chase, who plays fictional superstar Luke Wheeler, added. “And a special congrats to all the new shows starting their adventure on @ABCNetwork.”

Chris Carmack took on perhaps the show’s edgiest story line, playing gay country singer Will Lexington. “#Nashville will be so cherished by so many… Trying to wrap my head around it…” he said.

Aubrey Peeples played Will’s one-time wife. “I’m so thankful I was a part of a special show. I wish it was handled with more care,” she offered candidly. “Thank you to every fan who kept us going #Nashville.”

Hayden Panettiere‘s comments on social media addressed a more personal issue, one she shared with her character Juliette Barnes. “The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life. Rather than stay stuck due to unhealthy coping mechanisms I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life. Wish me luck!”

You can catch the remaining episodes of Nashville Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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