Singers Faith Hill and Kellie Pickler have signed on to play key roles in a new daytime talk show focused on cooking, gardening, entertaining and other lifestyle topics. Hill will be an executive producer on the show, which will be filmed in Nashville in "a modern farmhouse-style home," while Pickler is the first person to be named a host. More details, including a name, will come our way later this fall.
Lisa Erspamer added, “Faith is the embodiment of talent, beauty, family values and southern charm. She is an incredibly savvy businesswoman and viewers will see firsthand what everyone she has worked with already knows…they will see a woman with extraordinary taste, skills and instinct behind the camera. We’ve wanted to make this show for several years and are thrilled that everything has finally fallen into place.”
We know Nashville is hot — whether the industry is health care, real estate or music. It's also gaining stature in the TV world, it appears: Jack Black and Dwight Yoakam are reportedly teaming up to executive produce Belles & Whistles, a Fox comedy-with-some-music series set in Music City. Adam Gold with the Scene passes on the info here.
Executives at ABC have renewed their commitment to Nashville, giving the show a fourth season and putting it within sight of all-important syndication. The Hollywood Reporter has a rundown of all the show decisions made for ABC here.
The state budget passed last week included $8 million in incentives for a potential fourth season of local filming of the ABC show Nashville. A decision on whether the show will return should be made soon. Metro and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. are preparing their own slices of the incentives pie, but the details are still to be revealed. Nate Rau at The Tennessean has more info here.
In discussions with government officials, representatives from the show prepared a fact sheet touting its impact on the local economy. Local tourism leaders have tied the city's booming leisure travel at least in part to the popularity of "Nashville." However, no official economic impact study has been conducted.
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."
Executives at ABC will next month unveil their fall lineup of shows. At MusicRow, Jessica Nicholson has done a nice job summing up why fans shouldn't fret about Nashville being renewed for a third season. Among the positive signals are the application of the TV network's marketing muscle behind a broadcast special and the apparent success of a concert tour featuring songs from the show.
Season Two of Nashville will be shot in Music City despite earlier fears the crew might decamp for California, the Nashville Business Journal reports. Read more here.
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.