Information has slowly been surfacing about Reba McEntire’s highly-anticipated return to television— now we know who will be joining the Oklahoma native on the small screen.
As reported by TVLine, Syfy Haven alum Emily Rose will take on the role of Vonda Jean, the town’s coroner and former beauty pageant contestant. Also joining the cast are Jack Coleman (Heroes), Amanda Detmer (Necessary Roughness), Ryan McPartlin (Chuck), Ben Esler (Hell on Wheels), Natalie Hall (All My Children), and Saidah Ekulona (Impastor).
McEntire will play Ruby Adair, a small town sheriff whose outlook is challenged when she is forced to team up with an FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent to help her solve a terrible crime in her Kentucky town.
The unnamed “Southern Gothic Soap Opera” program will air on ABC and being developed by Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. During an interview with Taste of Country Nights, the entertainer revealed a few details about the show’s timing.
“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,” the songstress explained. “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.”