The show is being developed by Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, who will serve as executive producer and showrunner.
Multiple networks were bidding for the show, but ABC ultimately ended up with the script, which is "described as a Southern Gothic soap opera that is set in motion after a suspected act of terrorism happens at a Fourth of July parade in the small town of Oxblood, Ky. The FBI sends a cocky agent of Middle Eastern descent to investigate. He teams with the mercurial local sheriff to uncover secrets far darker than either could have ever imagined."
McEntire will be playing the small town sheriff and dished a few more details to Taste of Country Nights about the untitled show.
"We haven’t started [filming] yet,” she admits. “We’re still waiting for the formal go-ahead from ABC. They announced it, which I was shocked about and thrilled to death about.”
She does not know where filming will take place, or when filming is supposed to begin, but she's hoping it will be near her home base of Tennessee.
"If they give us the go-ahead we’ll start shooting the pilot probably in March and wait for the upfronts to see if we get picked up,” she says. “Hopefully we’ll be shooting in the fall or January of next year. Before we start doing preliminary planning we need to get the go-ahead."
This is McEntire's first dramatic role and we can't wait until they start filming! Watch her last guest appearance on the ABC comedy Last Man Standing below.
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