"NASHVILLE" - EPISODE 513 (screen grab)Photo Credit: CMT"Nashville" will come to a "triumphant close" in 2018. The Powers That Be promise the final Season 6 will be "the most exciting and memorable of all."

It's going to be hard to top the "memorable" event of Rayna Jaymes dying, or the memorable event of the show being canceled the first time, by ABC in 2016. CMT picked up the show from there, giving fans a fifth and now a sixth season. But Season 6, starting in early January, will be the last hurrah.

Here's what executive producer Marshall Herskovitz said via statement (via TVLine):

"All of us on Nashville are so incredibly grateful to the show's fans, who convinced CMT to give us a chance to keep telling the story of these remarkable characters. And we want to return the favor with a final season that celebrates all the joys and passions, twists and turns — and amazing music! — that made Nashville such an exciting journey for the last six years."

Kevin Beggs, chairman of Lionsgate Television Group, added:

"After more than 120 episodes of unforgettable television, we believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to its triumphant close at the end of the upcoming season. We're very proud of our incredibly talented cast and crew, the creative brilliance of our showrunners, and the loyal support of our great partners at CMT, Hulu and ABC Studios. Most importantly, we owe a special debt of thanks to the Nashville fans who propelled the series to an incredible run. We owe it to them to make the sixth season the most exciting and memorable of all."

Here's the final season sneak peek, with a taste of the "amazing music" that has kept fans coming back:

Season 6 may be the final season, but several new characters are arriving. Meet them, and prepare to say goodbye to everyone, when "Nashville" Season 6 premieres Thursday, Jan. 4 on CMT.

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