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Unplug the guitars and turn out the lights, ABC has pulled the plug on “Nashville.”

The TV network has cancelled the primetime country music soap opera drama after four seasons of up and down ratings and plot lines. According to The Hollywood Reporter one of the nails in the series’ coffin came in the wake of the new HB 1840 bill that was recently passed in Tennessee, one that many consider anti-LGBT and one that cast members Connie Britton and Chris Carmack had spoken out against.

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The cancellation is somewhat surprising since the show enjoyed a sizable audience between live and DVR airings. Plus, with the actors being true musicians, the spin off music sales and concert tours ultimately added to its bottom line. Even more sad? “Nashville” was about to air its 100th episode next season.

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While this puts stars Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Chris Carmack and more all back out looking for new work, one regular already has another TV gig lined up. Sam Palladio is set to appear in the second season of sci-fi drama “Humans.”

As they say however, it’s not over ’til the fat lady sings. “Nashville” still has two new episodes left to air, including what will be its series finale on May 25.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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