Country Icon Reba McEntire is coming to Madison later this month to began filming a new ABC one-hour drama. Part of the pilot will be filmed in downtown Madison with parade scenes filmed on and around Main Street as well as another scene filmed on the steps of the Morgan County Courthouse.
Filming will take place from March 23 to March 27, which road closures and detours slated from Sunday, March 26 to Monday, March 27, from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. ABC is pulling from the local community to cast extras and will host an open call to work as paid background actors and stand-ins. The open call will be held at the Morgan County Library on Friday, March 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and more information can be found at www.centralcasting.com.
McEntire will play a sheriff in a small southern town whose world is turned upside down after a mysterious crime is committed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show has been described by creators as a “Southern Gothic soap opera” that is “set in motion after a horrible, 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 and he teams up with the mercurial local Sheriff to uncover secrets far darker than either could have ever imagined.” The plot will center around these two “unlikely partners” who form an “uneasy alliance” while encountering other unusual characters who harbor their own secrets throughout the series. The new ABC program was created by Marc Cherry, who was also the creator of ABC’s hit Desperate Housewives.
The serious tone of the new show is a departure for McEntire who previously starred in her own sitcom entitled Reba and another lighter comedy-show called Malibu Country. McEntire will serve as an executive producer on the new television venture. It’s a busy year for McEntire, who also recently released a new gospel album in early February entitled Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope.
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