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Reba McEntire to Star in ABC Series From ‘Desperate Housewives’ Creator Marc Cherry

Variety logo Variety 12/12/2016 Elizabeth Wagmeister
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Reba McEntire is heading back to TV.

The country music superstar is set to headline a series from “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry that has been put into development at ABCVariety has learned.

ABC emerged as the network for the potential series, after a bidding war for the pilot script that landed with a hefty penalty at the broadcaster.

The untitled hourlong series is described as a “Southern Gothic soap opera” set in motion after a horrible, suspected act of terrorism happens at a Fourth of July parade in the small town of Oxblood, Kentucky. The FBI sends a cocky agent of Middle Eastern descent to investigate and he teams up with the mercurial local Sheriff to uncover secrets far darker than either could have ever imagined.

Cherry created the project and is set to serve as executive producer and showrunner. His producing partner Sabrina Wind will also exec produce via their Cherry-Wind Productions banner, along with  Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel of Acme Productions.

The TV project marks McEntire’s return to TV after her sitcom “Reba” on the WB and the CW, plus her return to ABC after her short-lived show “Malibu Country.”

For Cherry, the show marks a reunion with ABC, the network that was home to his hit, award-winning comedy “Desperate Housewives.” Following that series, he created “Devious Maids” on Lifetime, which was also produced by ABC Studios and ended its four-season-run this past summer.

This is Cherry’s second consecutive development season selling to a broadcast network. Last year, the CW picked up a pilot he created, though it never went to series. He was also working on a “Phantom of the Opera” reboot last development season, which never came to fruition.

Cherry is repped by Paradigm and attorney Jon Moonves of Del Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein and Lezcano. Wind is repped by Paradigm and attorney Michael Gendler of Gendler/Kelly. Acme Prods. and McEntire are repped by attorney Jim Jackoway of Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris and Klein. McEntire is also repped by WME.

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