ABC Lures Back ‘Desperate Housewives’ Creator, With Reba In Tow

By December 29, 2016
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Nearly five years after his biggest creation – Desperate Housewives – left the network, Marc Cherry could be on his way back to ABC. And he’s bringing Reba McEntire with him.

ABC won a bidding war for a yet-to-be-named drama from Cherry that will star the country music star and actress, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Although the project is only in script form, ABC would have to pay a substantial financial penalty if it doesn’t develop the project into a series.

The drama is described as a Southern Gothic soap opera that is set in motion after a 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. 

He teams with the mercurial local sheriff to uncover secrets far darker than either could have ever imagined.

It’s not clear what role McEntire would play, but she would also be credited as an executive producer on the series.

If ABC picks the project up for series, it would actually be the first dramatic lead for McEntire, better known for her comedy work in her self-titled sitcom Reba and later in Malibu Country, which ran for a single season on ABC back in 2012.

McEntire’s work on Reba did earn her a Golden Globe nomination in 2004, which was ultimately won by Sarah Jessica Parker for Sex and the City. She most recently made a guest appearance last March on the Tim Allen series Last Man Standing.

Cherry had been busy with Devious Maids, a dramedy he created for Lifetime that was canceled last September after four seasons. He earned two Emmy nominations in his career, both for Desperate Housewives, and both during its first season.

ABC will likely make final decisions on what script projects will go to pilot early next year. And from there, the network will decide what will make its fall schedule, and what will be left behind.

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