Gov. Bill Haslam is proposing to spend $8 million to keep the ABC television show “Nashville” in the Tennessee capital.
The Republican governor’s spending plan also includes $4.5 million to subsidize the CMT network’s “Million Dollar Quartet” miniseries in Memphis.
CMT is adapting the Tony Award-winning musical on the recording sessions featuring Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis into an eight-episode drama. The series will focus on the musicians’ rapid rise to fame during a time of political change and social unrest.
The music-oriented drama “Nashville” has been set in Music City since 2012, and officials credit the show for drawing tourists from around the country and world.