Reba McEntire's comedy pilot 'Malibu Country' picked up by ABC
Reba McEntire's new comedy pilot "Malibu Country" was picked up by ABC.
Reba Tweeted on February 1, "Well, it's a great week when you find out you're NOT dead and everyone at ABC LOVES the pilot script, 'Malibu Country' that Dave Stewart thought up, Brandon Blackstock brought to me and Kevin Abbott wrote!!! What a team!!! April is gonna be a fun month!!!! Woohoooo!!!!"
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 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.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 56-year-old country singer will executive produce the multi-camera comedy with Kevin Abbott, who produced "Reba" for The CW, and will also write the pilot.
"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!"
Reba was also the victim of a death hoax this week, featured on a site called Global Associated News, which claimed she fell to her death while filming a movie in Austria.
"There is a rumor going around that I died after falling off a mountain in Austria yesterday while shooting a movie," McEntire wrote on her Say.ly page on January 31. "While I would love to be shooting a movie in Austria, I definitely did not fall off a mountain! Nor am I dead! I am alive and kicking!!!"
McEntire recently 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 comedy pilot from married writing partners and executive producers Jackie and Jeff Filgo ("That '70s Show," "The New Adventures of Old Christine"). Their single-camera comedy "Prairie Dogs" follows a nerdy cubicle worker (known as prairie dogs) who works at a hip company and becomes a victim of identity theft. When he realizes his imposter is living a more interesting life than he is, he enlists his help in making life changes.