'Nashville' stars Memphis tonight
The ABC Network series “Nashville” puts Memphis at the center in tonight’s winter finale episode.
Viewers will see the Memphis skyline, Beale Street scenes and The Peabody ducks.
The Memphis-centric storyline will feature principal characters Deacon Claybourne, played by Charles Esten, and Scarlett O’Connor, played by Clare Bowen. The episode was directed by Academy Award-winning screenwriter (for "Thelma and Louise") and “Nashville” creator and executive producer Callie Khouri.
The episode airs Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 9 p.m. on Local Memphis (Channel 24).
The Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission partnered with production staff to coordinate on-ground logistics and provide liaison services between the entertainment industry, private business and local government for production needs.
“‘Nashville’ coming to Memphis was a win-win situation for everyone,” said Memphis & Shelby County Film Commissioner Linn Sitler. “We enjoyed hosting the show, and hopefully we can host ‘Nashville’ again in the future.”
Also involved are the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission.
“Film and television production in Memphis means talent and tourism for West Tennessee,” said Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, sponsor of 2012 changes in the film fund incentive that created an additional $2 million in recurring annual funding. “Nashville — the series and the city — knows the value of this venue, and we welcome the opportunity.”
“I will look for any excuse to get myself to Memphis and this was a perfect opportunity,” Khouri said. “We had a fantastic time and are looking forward to showing our ‘Nashville’ fans what a wonderful treasure of a city Memphis is, too.”
Among the more than 50 international markets where “Nashville” is aired include the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Australia, Russia, Mexico, Scandinavia, Canada, Latin America, Israel and numerous markets throughout Asia. On average Nashville draws 7.7 million viewers each week. This season, the series ranks among ABC’s top five biggest gainers in TV, DVR and On Demand playback.
“The TV series ‘Nashville’ filming in our City is another great opportunity to have our unique musical history and assets showcased on an international level,” Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said. “Having the finale include scenes from our city, sounds of the music made famous in our city, and part of the plot featuring Memphis should attract new viewers and help set the series up for another successful season. Nashville’s success impacts Memphis and vice versa. We’re happy to host them.”
"We're excited our area will be featured in this popular TV series. It will remind viewers of the many international musical attractions unique to the Memphis and Shelby County area," Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. said.
“I have always known what a wonderful place Memphis is to live and work,” said writer/director (“Hustle & Flow,” “Blake Snake Moan”) and TFEMC Commission Member Craig Brewer. “I am pleased my community will be showcased on an international stage. With ‘Nashville’ airing in more than 50 countries around the world, this will help viewers better understand why Memphis is so special with all the history and tradition that are rooted here.”