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.
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After enduring a few weeks of anxious waiting amid will-they-or-won't-they industry chatter, the producers of ABC's 'Nashville' series have been told the network will air another nine episodes of the show. The soap opera has received decent ratings and Entertainment Weekly's James Hibberd says ABC is quick to point out its pull with high-income households. It also doesn't hurt that the show's music also adds another revenue stream to the mix.
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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There was word late Monday from the broadcast television corner of the media universe that executives at ABC have asked for full seasons of two young shows, "Scandal" and "Neighbors." But there's no word yet on whether the big-budget "Nashville" will extend its run beyond the 13 episodes that have been ordered. What does it mean? The Hollywood Reporter is ominously semi-cryptic in saying the fate of the show remains unclear. But James Hibberd and Lynette Rice at Inside TV say the show has some more breathing room and should be in good shape if it keeps putting up ratings that start with a 2.
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