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ABC's 'Nashville' in 'serious negotiation' for renewal

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Despite word that the ABC prime time drama “Nashville” is not yet on a list of prime time renewals, one of Music Row’s giants offered an encouraging scenario that could lead to the show’s third season, if there is a successful resolution of tax credit package for the show.

“I met yesterday [Thursday] with several people involved in the decision making process in ‘Nashville,’ and I know they are having real serious negotiations, and I did not think they were that far apart,” Mike Curb told News 2 Friday after the grand reopening of Music Row’s historic Columbia Studio A as his foundation’s gift to Belmont University.

“So many jobs rely on [‘Nashville’],” added the legendary record executive. “[The show] has such an impact on the economy, so many people benefit from those jobs, so I am really hoping they make the decision to stay.”

Of the many who have benefited from the "Nashville" production is the duo Striking Matches made up of Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis.

The pair has had six songs recorded by cast members as part of the show.

"After the first song that we had on the show in the first season, it launched us," said Sarah Zimmermann who is one-half of the duo.

She and the other half, Justin Davis had been playing the very real and very familiar Nashville scene of working jobs by day, playing music by night.

"Those other jobs made us appreciate how lucky we are, how much we would like to keep doing this," added Davis.

Both played at the Music Row gathering where the former Columbia A studio has been restored for use by Belmont recording industry students. 

Along with word that show is not yet on ABC’s list of prime time renewals, there have been indications the program’s producers (Lionsgate and ABC shows) are looking to film the show in locations other than Nashville, such as Austin, Texas.

Curb has played a key role in the show's production in Music City.

He owns the building off Brick Church Pike, which serves as a sound stage for most of Nashville’s interior scenes, such as the set The Bluebird Café. 

Another major Music Row figure connected to the show was at the event where the historic studio was turned over to Belmont.

Songwriter and producer Buddy Miller took over this year as the show's musical director.

He told News 2 that "500 jobs are connected to the show."

News 2 has also learned from others connected to the show that those “serious negotiations” referred to by Curb continue, but the sources “are confident” the show will be renewed if there is a successful resolution to the tax credit incentive package offered by the State of Tennessee and Metro Nashville government.

Last year the show received $12.5 million from Tennessee state government and $500,000 from Metro-Nashville, but with recent Tennessee state budget reductions, the amount of money offered by the state is likely far less than the tax credit package of the previous year. 

Late Friday, the Hollywood Web site Deadline.com said the tax credit incentives "have to be worked out for the series to get a formal renewal."

The season 2 finale of “Nashville” airs Wednesday, May 14 at 9 p.m. on News 2.

The following ABC shows have been renewed:

  • “Castle” (season 7)
  • “Once Upon a Time” (season 4)
  • “Resurrection” (season 2)
  • “The Goldbergs” (season 2)
  • “Grey’s Anatomy” (season 11)
  • “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (season 2)
  • “The Middle” (season 6)
  • “Modern Family” (season 6)
  • “Revenge” (season 4)
  • “Scandal” (season 4)
  • “Dancing with the Stars” (Season 19)
  • "The Bachelor" (Season 19)
  • “America’s Funniest Videos” (Season 25)
  • "Shark Tank" (Season 6)
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