Nashville Is Coming Back Because Country Never Dies

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On Thursday, Nashville’s resurrection was confirmed with a fifth season to air on CMT, then stream on Hulu. The special deal was the work of long negotiations, passionate fan support, and the city of Nashville itself.

Basically, the money that goes into producing the TV show is being offset by local tax incentives. The Tennessean explains how it literally took a village to get Nashville back on air:

Crucial to the deal is the incentive package that will see the state, Metro, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. and Ryman Hospitality chip in funds to offset the cost of the show’s production. The state put $8 million in its budget and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has proposed a $1.375 million fund for film incentives, though the final amount for “Nashville” has not been announced.

The state and Metro have justified incentives for “Nashville” by arguing the show brings tourists to the city and pumps millions of dollars into the local economy, in addition to bringing production jobs


In Season 2 alone, production for the show brought jobs to the area that amounted to $21.2 million in payroll. Connie Britton’s production is like a feudal manor house; noblesse oblige keeps her locked into future seasons.

Lionsgate TV hasn’t appeared to comment on the deal as of yet, and Britton’s most recent post is about Michelle Obama. What the hell, let’s check it out:

Image via ABC.

Contributing Writer, writing my first book for the Dial Press called The Lonely Hunter, follow me on Twitter @alutkin

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I am a fan and have very mixed emotions about this. One the one hand, I would love for everything to be properly resolved. This, however, could be achieved with one TV movie (do we really need 22 more episodes focused on Layla and Maddy?). Plus, I want Hayden to fully recover on her own timeline before she heads back to work, and the show just isn’t interesting without Juliette/Hayden.

On the other hand, I am a little curious about what the show could be with these great showrunners. It’s been a mediocre soap for a while, but I wonder what they could do with it.