After ABC confirmed earlier today that its primetime drama Nashville will continue filming in Music City next season, Mayor Karl Dean’s office has confirmed that Metro plans to pay the show for the privilege.
Dean spokeswoman Janel Lacy told The City Paper in an emailed statement Friday afternoon that the mayor’s office is not prepared to reveal the details yet but that an announcement will come soon.
“Mayor Dean is thrilled that the show will continue to film in Nashville,” Lacy said. “It’s seen by millions of viewers and serves as advertising for the city that you simply can’t buy — it generates real economic value.
“To help make it feasible for the show to continue to film here, the city is planning to participate in incentives for the second season. We’re not prepared to share the details just yet, but we plan to have an announcement in the near future,” Janel said.
The state budget also includes funds designated for incentives to keep the show from leaving Nashville.