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.
If you missed out on being an extra in ABC's 'Nashville' this past year, fret not. The network has picked up the show, which has been drawing an average of 6 million viewers and posting a 1.9 rating, for a second season. The Hollywood Reporter has more info as well as reports on other returning ABC shows.
SEE ALSO: Variety's rundown of all the network pickups and cancellations
The same production team that has brought us The Real Housewives of Orange County and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is working on a Nashville-based reality show called Nashville Confidential.
Deadline Hollywood reports that TNT has ordered eight episodes of the series, which will have an early 2014 premiere date. The show will focus on some of Nashville’s “power couples.”
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Cassadee Pope, who last month was crowned winner of the TV show The Voice, has signed with the Republic Nashville label that's part of the Big Machine Label Group. Pope, who is migrating to a more country sound from her rock background, told The Hollywood Reporter she has a number of songs ready to record but isn't sure there's a single among them.
"Cassadee was a standout from day one and once she delivered her incredible version of Miranda Lambert’s “Over You,” I started working over my NY label partner Monte Lipman (CEO of Republic Records) to try to convince him that Cassadee belonged in Nashville,” said Big Machine Label Group President Scott Borchetta. “Each week Cassadee continued to knock down big Country songs by Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Faith Hill, and after she won we were THRILLED to find out that Cassadee was on the same page with us and wanted to come to Nashville."