As a fan of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and Sturgill Simpson few things please me more than seeing the show “Nashville” fail. As an enemy of crony capitalism I hate to see that the residents of the Volunteer State will still be paying for this “artistic” mistake.
You might have been one of the few fans of the television showNashville, a soapy drama on ABC following the lives of country music performers. Chances are you probably were not, though. The show was kind of a ratings dud, and it was canceled by ABC in May at the end of its fourth season.
And then it wasn’t. A benefactor has resurrected the show from the dead and has moved it to country music cable network CMT. CMT and Hulu will air a fifth season of the show, consisting of 22 episodes.
That benefactor? The taxpayers of the state of Tennessee. As part of the deal, the state of Tennessee will be providing $8.5 million in incentives, and the City of Nashville will provide another $1 million.
By the way, this is what real country music looks like.