Country legend Reba McEntire has certainly made a name for herself in the TV landscape. Following her blockbuster, self-named series "Reba" and the short-lived "Malibu Country," the red-headed diva is set to finally return to our TV screens in an upcoming southern gothic-inspired soap opera on ABC. The yet-untitled, hour-long series is written by "Desperate Housewives" and "Devious Maids" creator Marc Cherry, according to Variety, and is jump-started after a troubling incident happens at a Fourth of July parade in a small town. The show is set in Oxblood, Kentucky and follows an FBI agent and his investigation; he teams up with the local Sheriff (played by Reba) to break the case, but what they uncover is far darker than they could have anticipated.
"Excited about a fun 2017," Reba posted on Instagram, a photo of her holding what appears to be a script and looking sheepishly at the camera.
Cherry will also executive produce--along with Sabrina Wind and Acme Productions' Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel--and serve as showrunner.
Reba is certainly no stranger to southern gothic tales. Her music catalog is peppered with such biting tales of revenge and sinister betrayal. Songs like "Fancy" (Bobbie Gentry) and "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" (Vicki Lawrence) stand as two of the singer's most well-known hits.
Tonight (Dec. 13), Reba performs as part of Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fun telethon to benefit the victims of the recent Tennessee wildfires. “My home in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is some place special,” Parton said. “Wildfires have affected many of the people—my people—who live in those beautiful mountains. We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet," Parton had said. "I’m truly honored that these artists are giving their time and energy to help us raise money for everyone affected by the wildfires. I’ve got so many great friends in the industry, and I’m so proud that they were so ready to step up and help me help my people in the Smoky Mountains through this telethon and the My People Fund.”
Donations are tax-deductible and can be made here. Contributions can also be mailed to: My People Fund, c/o Dollywood Foundation, 111 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. During the telethon, call 1-866-CARE MORE to donate.
The Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon airs Dec. 13 on Great American Country, AXS-TV, RFD and The Heartland Network at 8/7c.
Stay tuned to AXS.com for any and all updates.