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ABC cancels country music drama 'Nashville

Associated Press Associated Press 13/05/2016 By Lynn Elber

The song is over for the country music drama Nashville after four seasons.

ABC announced on Thursday it's canceling the show, along with crime romp Castle and puppet comedy The Muppets.

The cancellations follow a recent shakeup in the network's executive ranks, with ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee replaced by Channing Dungey.

The decision to end Nashville drew an immediate lament from the city's mayor, Megan Barry, who called the loss of the series filmed in her town a disappointment.

Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere attend the "Nashville" panel © AP Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere attend the "Nashville" panel

"The show has been an enormously successful promotional tool for our city, which is why the state of Tennessee and metro Nashville were prepared to support production for a fifth season," Barry said.

Nashville has three episodes left to air, with the finale, titled "Maybe You'll Appreciate Me," set to air in the US on May 25.

Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere star as country music divas.

The series also stars Australian singer-songwriter Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor.

Bowen recently spoke about the huge career boost the show had given her and what life is like living in the home to country music.

"It's really nice to be a part of something that has done a lot of good. Nashvillians are constantly telling us that the show has done a really good thing for the city so that's the most important part, I couldn't be a part of something that isn't positive in that way," she told AAP earlier this month.

Bowen started out as an actress with TV roles on Home and Away, All Saints and The Cut before landing her big break on Nashville in 2012.

News of the show's demise has left fans in shock.

"#Nashville will be so cherished by so many... Trying to wrap my head around it... @Nashville_ABC," tweeted Chris Carmack.

Another fans wrote: "ABC CANCELLED #NASHVILLE ARE YOU KIDDING ME.... ???? #BringBackNashville."

News of the shows cancellation came on the same day Panettiere revealed she was seeking treatment again for postpartum depression.

The Nashville star broke the news to fans on her Twitter account on Friday, just seven months after she revealed she admitted herself into a rehab facility for treatment.

"The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life," she wrote.

"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!"

The 26-year-old actress took a break from her career to seek treatment for the disorder that began following the birth of her daughter, Kaya, in December 2014.

Panettiere stars in the drama as fan-favourite Juliette Barnes - a country teen singing sensation who coincidentally deals with the mental illness on the series.

*Nashville is shown in Australia on Foxtel's SoHo channel.

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