Only A Brief Mention For Nashville As Its Producer Gets The Pink Slip

A poster for the show features prominently in a store window on Broadway. The state earmarked $11 million in incentives for the second season to be shot here again. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

A poster for the show features prominently in a store window on Broadway. The state earmarked $11 million in incentives for the second season to be shot here again. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

ABC executives said little about the TV show Nashville today except to confirm that it’s staying put.

During a conference call with reporters, network president Paul Lee only mentioned the show briefly when describing next season’s Wednesday night schedule.

“We’re leaving Nashville intact. We have a great creative plan for a wicked second season for that.”

While Lee didn’t cite the production as one of ABC’s core shows, it does match what he described as the network’s calling card of “upscale,” “emotional” drama.

But the show’s producer won’t be coming back. According to a tweet from Loucas George, his contract has not been renewed. George had been central to the decision to film in Music City instead of LA.

As for next fall’s air dates, Lee said season premieres will be staggered so they don’t get lost in the September “slugfest.” Also, the season for hour-long shows like Nashville will be broken into two chunks. Viewers can expect 12 episodes in the Fall and another 12 in the Spring, separated by another drama with what he called a “limited” season sandwiched in between.

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