'Nashville' TV show to start production in July in Music City - WKRN News 2

'Nashville' TV show to start production in July in Music City

Posted: Updated: June 20, 2012 09:13 PM CDT

A state grant of up to $7.5 million has been approved for ABC's new television show "Nashville."

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development said Wednesday the reimbursement grant will be based on the production's actual qualified expenditures made in the state.

Qualified expenditures are those incurred in the state for goods or services purchased from a Tennessee vendor or paid to a Tennessee resident in connection with the production.

The show will film in Nashville and principal production work is scheduled to begin in mid-July.

"For someone who's worked in the industry now for 20 years, and worked on every pilot that's come in to town to finally have one that's been picked up by a network is amazing," said Terrance Hurd with the Hurd Agency.

The show about a country music legend and a younger up and coming singer is only guaranteed one season, but Hurd says if it's a hit, it could have a huge impact on the city.

He said, "I always say that Nashville's been looking for its Dawson Creek because shows like Dawson Creek put Wilmington, North Carolina on the map.  I mean Dawson Creek shot for eight years."

Hurd said he has cast some of his talent in the upcoming show and believes more roles will become available in the coming weeks and months.

"We're hoping to have mostly all the small minor parts all cast in Nashville," he said.  "I'm sure they're going to bring the leads from L.A., like they always do, but it's great to have work for local talent."

The production of "Nashville" is expected to employ more than 350 Tennessee residents in various crew positions in and around Nashville.

"Movie sets use caterers, they use barbers, they use dry cleaners, they use construction workers to build sets," Hurt added. 

"Nashville" will begin airing this fall.

Read more at ABC.go.com.

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