Guessing game continues for ‘Nashville’ staying on location

Guessing game continues for 'Nashville' staying on location (Image 1)

Now that ABC’s “Nashville” has been renewed, it’s a guessing game for the second year in a row about the drama continuing to be shot on location in the streets, studios and sound stages of Music City.

The same scenario played out last year for several weeks after the show’s official renewal while producers of the program worked out an incentive package with local and state entities.

Once again, this occurs against the backdrop of producers possibly shooting the show in another state to cut program costs or take advantage of more lucrative incentives.

There have been reports that the show producers have scouted out locations in Austin, Texas and Georgia.

Last year, the state incentive program turned out to be $12.5 million, while Metro-Nashville government added $500,000 to the package, along with $250,000 from the Nashville Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Mayor Karl Dean would not say if Metro’s government would be chipping in more than last year’s figure to make up for what is likely a smaller incentive figure from the state because of recent Capitol Hill budget cutbacks.

“It’s fair to say we are still talking,” Mayor Dean told News 2 Monday.

The mayor reiterated that the hour long show in prime time can be seen as advertising for the city.

“It is one of those things where you stop and think what it costs to buy 15 seconds on network TV for an ad. The name Nashville appears over and over on the show ‘Nashville,’ and our city looks fantastic during the show,” the Dean said in perhaps a preview of a pitch he’ll make to the Metro Council to approve an incentives package.

At the state level, a spokesperson for the Tennessee Economic and Community Development Department (ECD) issued a statement that read, “The department looks forward to receiving a grant request from the producers of Nashville. 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,” said spokesperson Clint Brewer.

The season 2 finale of “Nashville” airs Wednesday, May 14 at 9 p.m. on News 2.

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