Samantha Highfill
November 17, 2017 AT 12:00 PM EST

Nashville is getting ready to take its final bow… in 2018.

CMT has announced that the upcoming sixth season of Nashville will be the show’s last. The country music series premiered on ABC back in 2012, and after four seasons of twists and turns, it was canceled by the network. That’s when CMT came in and saved the show for its final two seasons.

“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,” executive producer Marshall Herskovitz said in a press release. “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.”

The final season will feature 16 episodes and will air in two parts, with the series finale airing during summer 2018.

“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,” Kevin Beggs, Chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group, said in the release. “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.” Nashville is produced by Lionsgate and Opry Entertainment.

Watch a new promo for the final season below:

Nashville season 6 premieres Thursday, Jan. 4 at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.

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