After some gnashing of the teeth, it appears Nashville will continue to be filmed in Nashville thanks to an $8 million incentive package that includes $500,000 from Ryman Hospitality Properties. Chris Bundgaard at News2 has a breakdown of the numbers, which amount to two-thirds of what the ABC series received during its first two seasons.
After much apparent number-crunching, executives at ABC late last week decided to grant 'Nashville' a third season on the network. The Lionsgate/ABC Studios show will get a full 22-episode run but the big question now is whether those episodes will actually be filmed in Nashville. Nellie Andreeva at Deadline says the producers are holding out for state incentives "at a proper level."
The cliffhanger ending to the first season of Nashville on ABC leaves an important question up in the air. In this week's issue of the Scene, Adam Gold writes that the shooting location for Season 2 is up in the air — and that the drama does not just involve the incentives local and state officials could pony up. Sources say one of the show's stars prefers California and that the day-to-day operations could stand to improve.
If the show does indeed return to Music City for Season 2, line producer Loucas George and production supervisor Don Bensko won't be returning with it. While sources on the show's side say that's in part due to Lionsgate's unhappiness with spendthrift shoots and episodes cutting close to deadline, others say that wasn't the fault of George, Bensko or the crew. They argue that delayed scripts, slow turnaround on the show's music, and the fact that Lionsgate generally has little experience producing a network series led to a rigorous series of 16-hour days and unforeseen expenses — such as hemorrhaging a fortune in overtime pay.
The profit potential of the music from the ABC show Nashville could rival that of Glee, the head of Lionsgate Entertainment's TV division told investors Friday. Kevin Beggs said Lionsgate expects to make $1 million before the end of the year from the sale of songs from the show. There also is a chance we'll see the music from the TV show hit the road at some point.
“If you look at the touring by some of these other shows the money is extremely significant… which is why ABC was so excited when we brought it to them,” he said during a conference call with investors on Friday.
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