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Report: “Nashville” Renewal Deal Held Up By Tax Issue

Don’t put dirt on “Nashville’s” grave just yet.

Don’t celebrate a renewal either.

Conspicuously omitted from ABC’s slew of Thursday pickups and Friday cancellation, the network’s musical soap remains on the bubble for a third season renewal.

According to Deadline, the sticking point is, predictably, a financial one.

Filmed on location in Nashville, the series had previously received a lucrative tax break from the Tennessee government. Tennessee is, at least as of press time, planning to significantly slash that break, which would leave a gap in the show’s budget.

Uninterested in removing production from the show’s titular location, the parties involved are “working on making the numbers work,” says Deadline.

While reports emerged saying ABC offered a thirteen episode renewal at one point in the negotiation process, cost feasibility issues make securing a full, 22-episode renewal a priority for producers.

A weak ratings performer, “Nashville” is nonetheless a valuable franchise–and one with passionate fan support. Prior to news of the financial issues, it was considered a near lock for renewal.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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