Mark Cuban-founded AXS TV has signed a deal with Disney-ABC Television Group for off-network cable rights to the first three seasons of ABC's drama series Nashville, with initial episodes joining the AXS primetime lineup this fall. Financial terms were not disclosed.
AXS TV has previously acquired off-network rights to series such as Larry The Cable Guy and Gene Simmons Family Jewels, but this is the first pact for a drama series currently airing on network television and is on par with AXS TV's high-profile airing of The X Factor UK episodes one day after they air in the United Kingdom, the network indicated.
Nashville, an ensemble drama revolving around the music industry, stars Connie Britton and is slated to return for a fourth season on ABC on Sept. 23. Christina Aguilera, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Wyclef Jean, Robin Roberts, Katie Couric and Conan O’Brien have all made guest appearances since the show debuted in 2012. Produced by Lionsgate Television, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment, the show is executive produced by Dee Johnson, Callie Khouri and Steve Buchanan.
“Nashville is the perfect complement to our growing lineup of music-inspired series,” AXS TV CEO Mark Cuban said in a release. “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.”
AXS TV is a partnership between Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS.
Pictured: Nick Jandl, Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio, Alexa Penavega, Scott Reeves and Charles Esten in ABC’s Nashville.