Get excited, Nashville fans: The show's Season 4 premiere date has been announced.

ABC has announced that the fourth season of the TV drama will premiere on Sept. 23 at 10PM ET.

Season 3 ended with Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten) getting a liver transplant by his sister Beverly (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) -- but one of them didn't survive the surgery. After a cliff-hanger like that, both Nashville's fans and showrunners were glad to see the series renewed for a new season.

“It is so exciting and rewarding to see our amazing cast blossom as live artists and be able to have that intimate relationship with our Nashville fans,” says Dawn Soler, senior vice president of TV music at ABC Entertainment Group.

One character won't be returning to the show next season, however: Teddy Conrad (Eric Close), the ex-husband of Rayna James (Connie Britton) will not appear as a regular during Season 4. Meanwhile, Esten isn't positive that he will have a job this fall either.

"I honestly, honestly don't know," Esten said during the 2015 CMA Music Festival. "I should probably send [the writers] some brownies or cookies or cash or something to make sure I make it through the day."

For those who need to get caught up on Nashville -- or just want to watch re-runs -- AXS-TV has announced that they have secured off-network cable rights to the first three seasons of the show.

Nashville is the perfect complement to our growing lineup of music-inspired series,” says Mark Cuban, CEO of AXS-TV. “With its talented cast, dramatic story lines and powerful performances from industry icons and rising stars, we are confident that Nashville will connect with our viewers while attracting a new audience of those who may have missed out on watching from the beginning of the series. This will also be a great opportunity for its devoted fan base to experience Nashville all over again.”

Nashville will begin airing on AXS-TV this fall.