As Nashville Winds Down, CMT Moves Its Brand Away From Scripted and Into ‘Open Country’

New series Music City plots a new direction for the network

Like many cable networks, CMT jumped on the scripted bandwagon a few years ago. However, while acquiring Nashville after ABC canceled it in 2016 gave the network a ratings boost, its original scripted shows Still the King and Sun Records didn’t connect with audiences, so CMT will be jumping off the wagon once Nashville’s series finale airs in July.