You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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

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.

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Breaking Bad Movie

    'Breaking Bad' Movie: Watch the First Teaser for 'El Camino'

    In case you hadn’t heard, Emmy-winning drama “Breaking Bad” is cooking up a movie sequel. On Saturday, after details of Netflix’s project quietly leaked online, the streaming giant issued the first teaser for “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” which will be released on October 11. Starring Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, the “Breaking Bad” [...]

  • Breaking Bad

    'Breaking Bad' Movie Release Date, Title and Plot Revealed

    The “Breaking Bad” movie is coming to Netflix sooner than you might think. The film, titled “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” is now set to be released on Netflix on Oct. 11, according to a report from the New York Times, with Aaron Paul returning as the series’ popular meth cook Jesse Pinkman. Jesse [...]

  • Laurence FishburneNational Memorial Day Concert Dress

    Laurence Fishburne to Produce 'Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur' Series for Disney Channel

    Laurence Fishburne is stepping into the animation game. The “Matrix” star is set to executive produce “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur,” an animated series which has been given the greenlight at Disney Channel. Based on Marvel’s comic book series, the show hails from from Disney Television Animation and follows the adventures of 13-year-old super-genius [...]

  • Aracne

    Chile’s Sanfic, Mexico’s Morbido Fest Pact to Promote Latino Horror (EXCLUSIVE)

    Mexican horror festival Morbido and Chile’s Santiago Intl. Film Festival (Sanfic) have agreed on a long-term collaboration intended to strengthen the genre film industry in Chile and across Latin America. This partnership will see Morbido representatives attend the Sanfic industry section each year to aid in the promotion of horror projects and advise those projects [...]

  • 'The Simpsons' Producers on Disney, Spinoffs

    'The Simpsons' Producers Talk Potential Disney Spinoffs, Confirm Apu Will Remain

    “The Simpsons” has never shied away from lampooning Disney over the years, but maybe that’s no longer the case. Homer, Marge and co. are of course now part of the Disney family and made their first appearance at the Mouse House’s D23 Expo convention, where the show’s producers were asked plenty of questions about what [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content