Reba McEntire ABC Pilot

ABC Orders Reba McEntire Southern Cop Drama Pilot From Marc Cherry

Reba McEntire is eyeing a return to ABC — and this time, she’s packing heat.

The network has given its first pilot order of the 2017–2018 season to Marc Cherry‘s untitled drama about a southern sheriff (McEntire) who teams up with a Middle Eastern FBI agent to fight “horrific” crimes in small-town Kentucky.

No, really, it’s happening. Here’s the official logline in all its southern-fried glory:

Ruby Adair, the sheriff of colorful small town Oxblood, Kentucky, finds her red state outlook challenged when a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent is sent to help her solve a horrific crime. Together they form an uneasy alliance as Ruby takes the agent behind the lace curtains of this southern gothic community to meet an assortment of bizarre characters, each with a secret of their own.

“I am thrilled to be coming back home to ABC,” Cherry said in a statement. “What makes it all the sweeter is Reba McEntire is coming with me. And we can’t wait to share with our fans this wonderful Southern Gothic soap opera we’ve been cooking up for them.”

In addition to Desperate Housewives, which ran on ABC from 2004 to 2012, Cherry also created Devious Maids, which wrapped its four-season run on Lifetime last year. Cherry will executive-produce this new project, along with McEntire, Sabrina Wind, Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel.

McEntire also has a brief history with ABC, having starred in the short-lived comedy Malibu Country (2012–2013).

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  1. Boiler says:

    Hopefully ABC will recognize Reba’s draw and let her do her thing without unwarranted interference. Malibu Country never should have been cancelled and ABC has not matched its numbers on friday since

    • Spandex says:

      I so agree, it would have made some wonderful syndication money by now if they had continued it, it was a charming sitcom that needed more time to grow. It was by far the most compatible show for Last Man Standing, which continues to thrive and continues to capture new viewers through its syndicated airings.

      But I’m all up for some Reba and Cherry!

  2. Eran says:

    Wish I could get excited by this but sadly, Marc Cherry is cut from the same cloth as Ryan Murphy in that camp takes priority over craft – look at the later, unfortunate years of DH.

  3. Cas says:

    I will always watch Reba!!!

  4. ToyCannon says:

    Hopefully they can get Melissa Peterman away from “Baby Daddy” to play Reba’s deputy.

  5. notfeelingencouraged says:

    Have liked her acting, canNot! stand her singing. I will check it out and see how she does with serious instead of comedy.

  6. Louise says:

    With the way A(already)B(been)C(canceled) exec’s do things, it will get no support fom the network and moved around enough so no audience can find it and if it doesn’t show high ratings the first 2 weeks they will pull it. Congrats ABC you done it again

  7. bethany says:

    OK all you haters go on if you don’t like it. I Love Reba Mcentire with all my heart. Singing and acting anything she does i love her. She is what true artist are. She is a lady that all Woman should have there kids follow and look up too. iraqi Can’t wait. This will be great just becouse reba is on it. Please keep it abc. Yes Malibu Country what’s the highest rating TV show on Friday night don’t know why it got cancelled.

  8. Kathy Hornbaker says:

    I’m very excited for the pilot being accepted by ABC. Reba brings an extreme fan base with her no matter what she undertakes. Just give a chance nd she will show you what a talented actress she will be in this new series. She is the best at whatever she signs on to do and her work ethic will surpass the others. I’m so excited for her return in this new series.

  9. This sounds awesome! I’d be down to watch! Especially if they get A.J. Castro to be Reba’s FBI partner. They’d be HILARIOUS together!!