Thursday, May 23, 2013

Will Nashville Hit the Road?

Posted By on Thu, May 23, 2013 at 9:36 AM

After Nashville's season finale last night, Adam Gold has the story of the real cliffhanger in this week's Scene.

"I just didn't see how you could [shoot the show outside Nashville]," creator and executive producer Callie Khouri told the Scene before the series premiered last fall. "Nashville really bent over backwards to give us the tax credits and make it possible for us to do it here."

Some might say the city bent over forward. The show ultimately scored a 17 percent tax credit from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and a 15 percent refundable tax credit from the Tennessee Department of Revenue. As a result, the show reportedly recouped 32 percent of its hefty production costs in its first season.

Now, though, the city and state might not be able to bend over quite as far, as state law now imposes a 25 percent cap on reimbursements. Consequently, Lionsgate is reportedly threatening to relocate the show — perhaps to L.A., where many on the cast and crew are based, or perhaps to somewhere like Georgia, which is quickly becoming the Studio City of the South.

Fresh off the grand opening of the Music City Center, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau Corp president and CEO Butch Spyridon even says his organization would throw in some cash to keep the show in town.

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