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We are one step closer to seeing Reba McEntire light up the small screen in a new southern soap opera. ABC has ordered a pilot episode be produced for the untitled drama series starring Reba as Oxblood, Kentucky sheriff Ruby Adair.

According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” Reba’s character will find her Red State point of view challenged when a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent comes to town. He’s working alongside Reba in the wake of a horrific crime, and Ruby has to help him gain access to the secretive characters in the town.

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Of note, this is the first time we’ve heard any kind of political bent being referenced with regards to the new drama series. “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry is the force behind the new project.

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He says, “I am thrilled to be coming back home to ABC. 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.”

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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