“Nashville” fans are upset about losing their favorite TV show, but it’ll be an even bigger adjustment for the cast. The ABC drama filmed on location in Nashville, Tennessee, and the end of the series means that several of the actors will move back to Los Angeles or New York. Connie Britton said it is a bittersweet move.
“It’s sort of a big deal when I realized I basically raised my son there, who’s 5,” Britton said during a visit to “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Monday. “We’ve been doing the show there for four years, so it’s a big deal. It’s over. The end of an era.”
Britton joked that her son Eyob probably thinks Nashville residents are cooler than the people of L.A., but Britton revealed that she is both sad and excited to return to California. “It’s been a little schizophrenic, ‘cause I’ll talk to my Nashville friends and they’re all like devastated … And then I text my friends in L.A. and they’re like, ‘We’re so happy you’re coming home!’ So I’m just like, I don’t know what I feel!”
The ending of ABC’s music drama, where Britton plays leading lady Rayna Jaymes, causes the same mixed feelings. “It’s bittersweet, you know?” the 49-year-old explained. “Look, I always feel like to have four years on anything, you can never take that for granted. It’s been a really great run, but it’s also nice you feel like, O.K., we kind of ended it and now we’re going to move on. And hopefully I’ll be able to do something else fun and great.”
Watch Britton’s interview with Seth Meyers below:
The former “Friday Night Lights” actress previously addressed “Nashville” getting canceled on her Instagram page. “I am grateful for the hard work and faith of so many who dedicated themselves to creating and supporting this show,” she wrote along with a photo of her character. “And I am forever changed for the better. Thanks for the music.”
If Britton is lucky, ABC won’t get the final word on the drama’s survival. Over 17,000 people have signed a Change.org petition urging other networks to pick up the show. Lionsgate is also shopping the show to other outlets to see if someone is willing to make “Nashville” Season 5 happen.
— Lionsgate TV (@LionsgateTV) May 13, 2016
The final episodes of “Nashville” air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EDT on ABC.