There's nothing but good news for fans of ABC's hit series Nashville.

The network has announced that the popular show, which is set amidst the wheelings and dealings of the country music business in Music City, will return for its fourth season on Sept. 23, with new episodes slated to begin filming later this summer in the show's namesake city.

According to Nashville's The Tennessean newspaper, a $10 million incentive package pulled from both public and private funding will keep the show, which has been enormously beneficial to both tourism and the local film industry, filming in Nashville for its upcoming season. That number includes $8 million from Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's state budget, $875,000 from Nashville's Metro budget and $437,500 from the city's event marketing fund. The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. will contribute $437,500, and Ryman Hospitality Properties will give $250,000.

Metro has earmarked a total of $500,000 for Nashville's production from its new operating budget, which means Nashville's Metro Council will have to approve an additional $375,000 appropriation.

Now that a fourth season has been confirmed, there will also be enough episodes for the show to air in syndication. AXS TV has acquired the exclusive rights to air past seasons in syndication.

Nashville is the perfect complement to our growing lineup of music-inspired series,” AXS TV CEO Mark Cuban says. “With its talented cast, dramatic storylines and powerful performances from industry icons and rising stars, we are confident that Nashville will connect with our viewers, while attracting a new audience of those who may have missed out on watching from the beginning of the series. This will also be a great opportunity for its devoted fan base to experience Nashville all over again.”

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