Reba McEntire transforms into sheriff in ABC pilot from Desperate Housewives creator
Reba McEntire is on the case!
On Monday, the singer-actress was spotted making her way through the Madison, Georgia, set of her new ABC pilot from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. Donning a khaki uniform complete with a packed belt, McEntire looked every part the Kentucky sheriff she plays in the pilot. And though the story line has her working a horrific crime, McEntire still managed to light up with a smile.
Written by Cherry, the currently untitled mystery drama stars McEntire as Sheriff Ruby Adair, whose “red state outlook” is challenged when she teams up with Tag Fayad (Saamer Usmani), a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent, to solve a crime. As they work the case together, the agent is exposed to the Southern Gothic community’s bizarre characters in Oxblood, Kentucky.
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If ordered to series, this will be McEntire’s first series since 2012’s Malibu County, which lasted for one season on ABC. Her first show, Reba, aired on The WB and The CW from 2001 to 2007. She recently appeared on ABC’s Last Man Standing and guest-stars on Freeform’s Baby Daddy.
Cherry also created Lifetime’s primetime soap Devious Maids, which was canceled in September after the fourth season. He will executive-produce this new pilot with McEntire and Sabrina Wild.