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Desperate Housewives creator making new drama for ABC

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The mastermind behind Desperate Housewives is hoping to spin a new yarn for ABC.

In its first drama pilot buy for the 2017-18 season, ABC has tapped Marc Cherry to create a new mystery drama for the network that will star Reba McEntire as a Kentucky sheriff named Ruby Adair. If picked up to series, the drama will follow how Ruby’s “red state outlook” is challenged when a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent arrives to help her solve a “horrific crime,” according to a network logline. The two pair up as Ruby introduces her Southern Gothic community to the agent, who meets an “assortment of bizarre characters, each with a secret of their own,” ABC says.

McEntire is also on board as an executive producer.

“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.”

After creating and running the hugely successful Desperate Housewives for ABC from 2004 to 2012, Cherry went on to create Devious Maids for Lifetime. In 2015, Cherry wrote and produced the pilot Cheerleader Death Squad for CW but it failed to get a series pickup.

McEntire recently appeared on ABC’s Last Man Standing and guest stars on Freeform’s Baby Daddy.

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