The ABC series Nashville has been renewed for a 3rd 22 episode season. The pickup was expected, but a day of number crunching as the network tried to work with the reduced tax incentive (The Tennessee legislature voted to cut the amount by 2/3rds).
Tennessee had a generous tax breaks for Nashville that have been trimmed, leaving the producers of the show with a big budget hole to fill. Tennessee committed $12.5 million to Nashville for the 2013-14 fiscal year in a package created outside the normal incentive program — a cost weighed against the estimated $40 million in economic impact the show was generating for the state. The ABC series was initially slated to get $6 million for 2014-2015, but the final budget passed by the legislature cut that amount by two-thirds. Talks are underway on several fronts to try to continue to produce the show without taking it out of Nashville where it belongs.
The plan, according to Deadline, is to “keep the show in Nashville contingent on the state getting the tax incentives at a proper level.”