Nashville Waits To See If 'Nashville' Will Be Renewed

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Nashville Waits To See If 'Nashville' Will Be Renewed

CREATED May 10, 2014
by Todd Walker

NASHVILLE, Tenn - Right now TV networks are making big decisions about what their lineups will look like this fall and next year.

One show, which is still in limbo, has been the one which has put Nashville in the world spotlight.

"Nashville" has also brought a lot of jobs to the local economy. Hundreds of local production workers have been waiting on pins and needles for word on whether their work will continue.

A large majority of the show's production has been staffed by local talent.

The prime-time show has also brought plenty of tourists to local icons like the Bluebird Cafe.

Manager Elliott Duke said the music venue now books up in minutes of reservations being made available.

"It's just the power of television," Duke said. "We've had so many more people coming down to the club every night. Our reservations are selling out immediately as soon as they're going on sale so it's been great."

Last year, the state gave the production $12.5 million in incentives to produce the show in Nashville. The city chipped in $500,000.

A spokesperson for Mayor Karl Dean wouldn't comment on what incentives it may be offering the show this year.

"We recognize that the Nashville show benefits our local economy, has generated worldwide attention for our city and state, and is opening doors to further grow the film and television industry here. We proudly supported its second season, but we don’t have anything to announce as far as future incentives," said Dean's press secretary in a statement.

It has been reported producers were looking into the possibility of moving production to Georgia or Texas to save costs.

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