‘Nashville’ renewed for Season 4 by ABC

The announcement comes ahead of the series’ season three finale

ABC’s musical drama Nashville has been renewed for a fourth season. The network made the announcement amid a flurry of renewals on Thursday (May 7th), ahead of the network’s annual Upfront presentation to advertisers set for next week in New York.

The series, which is a co-production between ABC Studios, Lionsgate Television and Opryland Entertainment, shoots on location throughout Music City and employs about 500 full-time workers during production with another 150-200 year round. Roughly $20 million is spent annually on local labor.

Each year, city and state officials reveal a new round of tax incentives to keep the series filming in Nashville, pending renewal. The Tennessean reports that Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has included at least $500,000 in his budget proposal for the show with another $8 million from the state for Season 4.

While the show is expensive to produce with top talent such as Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere as stars, the show also provides ancillary revenues with numerous cast album releases through Big Machine Label Group, merchandising and live concert specials, including the second cast tour which wraps Sunday in Phoenix, AZ.

The show has produced 65 episodes during the first three seasons, so Season 4 would push the series closer to the 100 episode mark for syndication. However, a fifth season of 20 plus episodes would be required to achieve that.

The renewal comes just six days before the series airs its third season finale on May 13th.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.