While we await the news in May if ABC’s Nashville will be renewed for a third season or not (the show has been on the bubble according to television news sites), if the Music City drama continues on, it looks like it may not be shooting in the city of Nashville! And that is kind of disturbing when you think that actors Charles Esten (Deacon), Hayden Panettiere (Juliette), Connie Britton (Rayna), and Jonathan Jackson (Avery) all have relocated there!
According to an article in the Tennessean, the show’s executives are considering moving the series production to another state possibly Georgia or Texas! Austin, for instance, is currently home to the production for the NBC series, Revolution and has also served as the home for Friday Night Lights. The reason for the possible location change is based largely on the trimmed Tennessee state budget which would most likely not be able to offer as many economic incentives.
According to the article, the state legislators offered $12.5 million for this season, while Metro gave $500,000 and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. added $125,000, allowing for more than $13 million to subsidize production costs. But with only $3 million remaining in the budget for the film incentives fund, there would need to be a much larger contribution from both Metro and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. to come close to the previous seasons’ price tag. T he show’s producers are still exploring all options to keep Nashville in its namesake, with other avenues being considered before a final decision is made.
A spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development says they also will look at other revenues if the show stays on the air. “The department looks forward to receiving a grant request from the producers of ‘Nashville’ once the show is renewed for a third season,” ECD spokeswoman Laura Elkins said. “Talks about the incentives are ongoing, and the department is working to make a third season happen in Tennessee with the funding we have available.”
Nashville, although beloved by many soap fans, and nighttime audiences, has not been a runaway ratings winner as of yet. However, the show does benefit from income of its music sales and soundtracks. Several of the locations used in the series that are bars or venues have benefited from the ABC series in terms of their exposure.
So, do you think Nashville should leave Nashville if necessary to continue its production? Or, hope that funding could be available to the producers of the series to have it stay put where it should be?