|Reba McEntire will executive produce the pilot for a new soap opera|
being pitched to ABC. She will also star as Ruby Adair. If the network
likes what they see, the series could land on the fall schedule.
The drama revolves around Ruby Adair (McEntire), the sheriff of colorful small town Oxblood, Ky., who finds her Red State outlook challenged when a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent is sent to help her solve a horrific crime. Together they form an uneasy alliance as Ruby takes the agent behind the lace curtains of this Southern gothic community to meet an assortment of bizarre characters, each with a secret of their own.
The logline marks a subtle change from when the drama was first announced a month ago, when it did not feature any sort of Red State or political affiliation reference.
Cherry will pen the script and executive produce the ABC Studios drama alongside McEntire, Cherry's longtime producing partner Sabrina Wind — who will oversee for the duo's Cherry-Wind Productions banner — with Acme Productions' Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel also on board the executive producing team.