ABC buys Reba McEntire comedy

Country star attached to put pilot

ABC has bought a script with a put-pilot commitment from ABC Studios with Reba McEntire attached to star.

“Malibu Country” will be written by Kevin Abbott, who was exec producer on McEntire’s previous TV effort, the WB sitcom “Reba,” which ran for six seasons beginning in 2001.

Abbott will exec produce with McEntire; her manager, Narvel Blackstock; Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel of Acme Prods.; Pam Williams of Laura Ziskin Prods.; and veteran musician Dave Stewart.

“Malibu” is a multi-camera comedy in which McEntire’s character divorces her rock-star husband after he cheats on her and burns through most of their money. She moves her family from Nashville to the only asset she has left — a little house in Malibu. There she’ll try to reignite her own singing career and help her three kids adjust to their new life.

ABC Studios also sold ABC a script for a drama reimagining of “Beauty and the Beast.” “Human Target” exec producer Jonathan E. Steinberg will write and exec produce with Mojo Films’ Gary Fleder and Mary Beth Basile.

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