Fans of ABC’s Nashville have been hoping that they would get good news that the series will be back for its third season, since many of the dramas on the network got their renewal pick-ups yesterday.
However, news throughout the day from Deadline.com reveals that the fate of the show is still in limbo! The first issue was heard via rumblings that indicated the show would be picked-up, but the number of episodes in the order was a sticking point, because 13 episodes is highly expensive for the show to produce for Lionsgate, the co-producers of the series.
Later today, it seems that some numbers crunching was going on between ABC Studios and Lionsgate which has to do with focusing on the Tennessee tax credit issues, since the series films in Nashville, which have to be worked out for the series to get a formal renewal.
Deadline went on to elaborate: “Tennessee had a generous tax breaks for Nashville that have been trimmed, leaving the producers of the show with a big budget hole to fill. Tennessee committed $12.5 million to Nashville for the 2013-14 fiscal year in a package created outside the normal incentive program — a cost weighed against the estimated $40 million in economic impact the show was generating for the state. The ABC series was initially slated to get $6 million for 2014-2015, but the final budget passed by the legislature cut that amount by two-thirds. Talks are underway on several fronts to try to continue to produce the show without taking it out of Nashville where it belongs. Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development had previously said of the show, ‘You’re not only getting the 20-plus episodes per season, every advertisement and preview for the TV show is essentially advertising Nashville.’ And yes, the goal is to get to 22 episodes.”
On-Air On-Soaps had previously reported last week that the series maybe was looking for other cities such as in Texas to shoot the show if need be.
So, what do you think? Will Nashville gets its pick-up? Weigh-in!