Why the Cancellation of ABC’s ‘Nashville’ Is Good for Taxpayers

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by Mark Cunningham,

from The Daily Signal,

There was some big news in the entertainment industry recently as the television show “Nashville” was cancelled after four seasons.

As a casual fan of the show and a Nashville resident, I enjoyed watching the show. It allowed me to brag to my friends about where I live, plus the music was always on point. Obviously, the market didn’t agree, as the ratings were not high enough for ABC to renew the show for another year.

However, the real issue with this show being cancelled has nothing to do with the quality of the show itself. The problem is that this is another example of corporate handouts gone wrong.

To date, the show “Nashville” has received over $45 million in “incentives,” with almost all of it coming directly out of the pocket of state and local taxpayers to fund a show that clearly could not succeed on its own merit. This is essentially the entertainment version of Solyndra.

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