A couple of days after ABC unplugged its country music drama Nashville, star Connie Britton has weighed in on the news. The Friday Night Lights alumna took to Instagram to thank the fans and say she is “forever changed” by the experience. “I’d just like to say it’s been my honor to be a part of this world, to live in it and breathe it in and try to replicate it,” she wrote. (See the full post below.)
Britton starred for four seasons as Rayna Jaymes, the onetime “Queen of Country” whose career sagged for a while before a comeback record put her back on top. But while Rayna’s professional fortunes have been swell, life offstage ain’t so hot as she struggles with motherhood and romance. Hayden Panettiere co-stars as much-younger country-crossover queen Juliette Barnes. The ensemble also includes Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Eric Close, Jonathan Jackson, Chris Carmack, Lennon Stella, Sam Palladino, Maisy Stellaand Will Chase.
There had been positive signs for a Season 5 renewal of Nashville. Lionsgate TV, which co-produces the series with ABC Studios, stepped in to hire A-list producers Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick as new showrunners, and the Emmy-winning duo already was working with writers on breaking stories for next season. But the bubble burst on Thursday, and the final episode will air May 25. Lionsgate TV will shop the series to other networks and digital platforms.
Here’s Britton’s full farewell:
To the amazing friends and family who are Nashville, to the cast and crew, and most of all to the fans…I'd just like to say it's been my honor to be a part of this world, to live in it and breathe it in and try to replicate it. Sometimes we were more successful than others. But the place of Nashville in my heart is deep and permanent. I am grateful for the hard work and faith of so many who dedicated themselves to creating and supporting this show. And I am forever changed for the better. Thanks for the music.