On Friday, a spokesperson for ABC confirmed the hit television show “Nashville” will shoot in Music City during the upcoming second season.
Speculation began in recent weeks the show would be moving to Los Angeles or other locations after there were several changes made in its key production staff.
“We are excited. It's always been a priority that the show is shot here,” said executive producer Steve Buchanan.
In reference to an undisclosed incentive package for production, Buchanan added, “We appreciate the city and the state for stepping up.”
Last year it is believed the show had an incentives package that amounted to 32% of its locally based cost.
Season two's incentive package is likely to be more than the $11 million the state has budgeted.
Janel Lacy of Mayor Karl Dean's office released a statement indicating Metro was helping out.
“Mayor Dean is thrilled that the show will continue to film in Nashville. It's seen by millions of viewers and serves as advertising for the city that you simply can't buy – it generates real economic value. To help make it feasible for the show to continue to film here, the city is planning to participate in incentives for the second season. We're not prepared to share the details just yet, but we plan to have an announcement in the near future,” said Lacy in the statement.
Butch Spyridon of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau said the decision is an economic shot in the arm for Nashville.
“You can absolutely talk about 40-plus million that you will spend producing the show and that is money spent here,” he state.
Spyridon cited various groups that were part of the effort to the ABC show in Nashville.
“The film industry, the governor's office, the city, Ryman Hospitality, everyone was working in concert, it was a brilliant, unified effort,” he added.
During its first season, “Nashville” shot at historic locations throughout the city including the Bluebird Cafe, the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry.
The second season of “Nashville,” starring Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton, will air on ABC this fall.