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Reba McEntire has made a few guest appearances on TV since her sitcom Malibu Country ended, but the singer and actress hasn't had a major gig since 2013 when the comedy was cancelled by ABC. All of that might change soon, however, as Reba McEntire has signed on with a new gig at ABC. Yes, she's heading back to the network and she's signing on for a new project with Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry.
Currently the new project is untitled, although we do know it will be a primetime soap opera, a genre ABC has shown a like for with programs such as the former Revenge and Once Upon A Time. The difference between those productions and the potential Reba McEntire starrer is that the new project would be more of a southern gothic story about a sheriff and FBI agent teaming up to combat terrorism in a small town. Reba McEntire would play the sheriff in Oxblood, Kentucky who is around when a terrifying act of potential terrorism occurs at a 4th of July parade.
Following the incident, the FBI would be sending an agent to the small Kentucky town to help the Sheriff look into the incident. The FBI agent is also being described as "cocky" by Deadline.
While the project would mark the return of Reba McEntire to ABC, it would also mark the return of Marc Cherry to network television. In recent years, Cherry created Devious Maids, which nabbed a pick-up at Lifetime, aired for four seasons and recently finished out its run in August. Now is the perfect opportunity for Marc Cherry to serve as the showrunner on another series, and he would also be set to executive produce this one. In addition, Sabrina Wind, Reba McEntire, Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel will also executive produce. The latter two producers have also been on board for other Reba McEntire vehicles.
ABC currently has a slew of projects potentially in the works for the 2017-2018 TV season. However, we still need to get through midseason before the major networks start to think about what is coming up next season. We don't normally know which shows are moving forward until late spring. On ABC, the network is set to premiere new program To Tell The Truth and a few shows, including Conviction and Quantico, are switching timeslots. More details on what is coming up at midseason can be found with our premiere schedule.
We'll let you know if Reba McEntire eventually makes it back to ABC, although with Marc Cherry at her back we'd say her odds are better than a lot of other TV shows.