Reba McEntire's 'Malibu Country' comedy officially picked up by ABC
Reba McEntire's new comedy pilot "Malibu Country" was officially picked up by ABC.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, ABC gave the comedy a full season order. The 56-year-old country singer will executive produce the multi-camera comedy with Kevin Abbott, who produced "Reba" for The CW and penned the pilot for "Malibu Country."
The series follows McEntire as a woman whose rock-star husband cheats on her and leaves her broke. She is forced to move her three children and mother (Lily Tomlin) from Nashville to Malibu, Calif., where she attempts to resurrect her own singing career and shield her kids from the materialism of their new home. "Malibu Country" will also star Sara Rue, Julietta Angelo, Justin Prentice, Jai Rodriguez and Owen Teague.
"Reba" ran for six seasons after debuting in 2001. McEntire wrote on her official website, "Wooohooooo! I'm so excited about doing another TV sitcom! I miss the Reba show so much, so it will be great to get back into the TV world again!"
McEntire released her 34th album, "All the Women I Am," in November 2011 and scored her 35th no.1 hit single "Turn On The Radio" in December 2010. She was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in March 2011.
ABC also picked up a new musical drama starring "Friday Night Lights" actress Connie Britton, called "Nashville." The series is being called a family soap set in Nashville's music scene, which will follow a country star at her peak (Britton) and one on the rise (Hayden Panettiere).
The network also picked up "666 Park Ave," which follows a young couple, played by Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor, who are taxed with managing a historic New York City apartment building which houses some supernatural activity.
ABC renewed at least 12 shows for next season, including fan favorite "Castle," newcomers "Revenge" and "Once Upon A Time," multiple Emmy winner "Modern Family" and reality series "Dancing With The Stars" and "The Bachelor."