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NASHVILLE Renewal Still In Limbo! Tax Credit & Episode Order Issues Need Resolution!

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Fans of ABC’s Nashville have been hoping that they would get good news that the series will be back for its third season, since many of the dramas on the network got their renewal pick-ups yesterday.

However, news throughout the day from Deadline.com reveals that the fate of the show is still in limbo!  The first issue was heard via rumblings that indicated the show would be picked-up, but the number of episodes in the order was a sticking point, because 13 episodes is highly expensive for the show to produce for Lionsgate, the co-producers of the series.

Later today, it seems that some numbers crunching was going on between ABC Studios and Lionsgate which has to do with  focusing on the Tennessee tax credit issues, since the series films in Nashville, which have to be worked out for the series to get a formal renewal.

Deadline went on to elaborate: “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. Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development had previously said of the show, ‘You’re not only getting the 20-plus episodes per season, every advertisement and preview for the TV show is essentially advertising Nashville.’ And yes, the goal is to get to 22 episodes.”

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On-Air On-Soaps had previously reported last week that the series maybe was looking for other cities such as in Texas to shoot the show if need be.

So, what do you think? Will Nashville gets its pick-up?  Weigh-in!

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andrew hass
andrew hass

I do think Nashville will get renewed for another season but i could see ABC pushing it back to midseason or so.Plus then depending on how many episodes gets ordered the show could air them all in a row.

Gary
Gary

I hope it gets cancelled, I used to like Nashville now the show is boring. The ratings have really dropped to a record low. People have no interest in this show anymore.

su0000
su0000

I wish Revaluation would have been saved and Nashville gone ..

Natalie
Natalie

Ratings went down because as per usual ABC messed with breaks. A month off air always messes with people they don’t know when it starts again. It’s a unique show and should be renewed.

Tali
Tali

So glad Tennessee saw the diamond that Nashville is for their state and forked over some incentives. Love this show and so much better than any other show on ABC. Wait……Dancing with the Stars was also picked up, so I’ll be watching ABC on Monday & Wednesday evening. Looking forward to season #3!

Shirley A Miller
Shirley A Miller

I think Nashville is a marvelous show and I love all the performers and the singing is really great. I can’t understand how the producers can even consider cancelling this show. They need to cut money wherever they can – shoot episodes in more inexpensive towns, cut down on expensive costumes and anywhere they can reduce costs but please do not consider cancelling …I can’t wait for Wednesday to watch this show and hear all the wonderful songs and stories!! I’m a big fan of this show and don’t know what I would do without it. I don’t understand how the other stations can keep their great shows going and it seems like it’s always ABC that has to cancel awesome shows each season! Please, ABC, keep Nashville….your station needs it and so do the fans! Thank you very much. Shirley Miller

General Hospital

WATCH: Jonathan Jackson + Enation’s New Music Video “The Days Are Evil”

Five-time Daytime Emmy winner from General Hospital, and former Nashville star, Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky, Ex-Avery) has released a new music video for the new single “The Days Are Evil” along with his band Enation.

The music video features shots of Jackson in a very dark incarnation, and the track will also appear on Jackson + Enation’s upcoming album due out later this fall, Ultraviolet Empire.

Jonathan says of the new album: “Our new album, Ultraviolet Empire, is a throwback record. It’s a record we played together live in the studio. Most of the songs are one take -just letting the band play.  It was amazing playing with our co-producer Colin Linden and capturing something so raw and visceral.”

This will be the band’s follow-up to their 2017 album  Anthems for the Apocalypse and their successful 2018 tour in Europe opening for Echo & The Bunnymen,

Check out the music video featuring Jonathan released this week below.

Then, let us know, should Lucky return to Port Charles for the Nurses’ Ball with his band and play a tune off the new album next spring? Will Jonathan come home to GH for a guest appearance? Will you be checking out the new music from him in the coming months? Comment below.

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RENEWALS: How to Get Away with Murder, Grey’s Anatomy CANCELLATIONS: Life In Pieces, Star

The last 36 hours have seen some of your favorite primetime dramas renewed and others canceled; several of which feature former or current soap stars.  ABC has renewed for its upcoming sixth season How to Get Away with Murder.  During its fifth season, the series ranked as the No. 1 program in Thursday’s 10 PM slot in key demos: Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34.

How To Get Away With Murder stars Viola Davis as Annalise Keating, a law professor at a prestigious Philadelphia university who, with five of her students, becomes entwined in a murder plot.  The ensemble cast includes: Rome Flynn (Ex-Zende of The Bold and the Beautiful) who plays the key role of Gabriel Maddox.

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Also on ABC, Grey’s Anatomy received a two-year renewal for seasons 16 and 17.  For season 16, former Nashville star Chris Carmack (Ex-Will) has been upped to series regular in his role of “Link”.

 

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However, the ensemble CBS comedy Life in Pieces which features Y&R’s Hunter King (Summer) as Clementine was canceled, and will not return after its current fourth season which is currently airing its fifth episode out of thirteen.

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Upon learning of the cancellation, King took to her Instagram and shared: “Thank you for bringing me into the Life In Pieces family and for making it such a fun four years. I have so much love and respect for everyone who was involved in this show. Thank you to the amazing cast and crew, and thank you to our amazing leaders Justin Adler, @kaplanaaron , and Jeff Morton . I am forever grateful.”

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Finally, Lee Daniels series on Fox, Star, which has been a companion to his hit sudsy Empire, was also canceled after its 3rd season.  Star followed three talented singers – running from their pasts and desperate for a new start – with ambitions of stardom, as they navigate the cutthroat music business.  It has been reported by various outlets that the showrunners will be looking for another home for the series to try to continue it on.

So, happy to learn about HWTGM and ‘Grey’s’ being renewed? What do you think of the cancellations of Life in Pieces and Star? Let us know via the comment section below.

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NASHVILLE To Become Broadway Musical

Looks like the Music City drama, Nashville, originally on ABC and then on CMT, has more than nine lives! Now the popular soap is headed to the stage and Broadway after six seasons on the small screen.

The show is set to have a musical adaptation with 10-time Tony Award winner Scott Delman (American IdiotRagtimeBook of MormonHello, Dolly!Fun HomeMean Girls) in charge.  In addition, Delman will serve as lead producer of the show and he has acquired the live theatrical rights from Lionsgate and ABC Studios.

Nashville, with its complex, relatable characters and sweeping emotional gestures, has all of the narrative elements that I look for in great theatrical source material,” Delman said in a statement. “From that rich DNA, we will be building an original story with entirely original music, written by major Nashville and Broadway songwriters.  We are particularly excited to deliver Broadway’s first score of true contemporary country music — a genre that has exploded with mainstream audiences in recent years. Lionsgate has a treasure-trove of sterling IP, and I’m honored to be a part of this new phase of their live entertainment division.”

Additional information on the upcoming musical, including production dates and a creative team, is expected to be announced shortly.  Now the question becomes; will some of its beloved series stars be in the Broadway rendition of the series?

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Nashville actor Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott) shared the news on Twitter.

So, excited to hear the news of a Broadway musical of Nashville? Would you like to see Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Hayden Panetierre and others hit the stage in the roles they originated? Comment below.

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