Hey hey! Reba McEntire’s making her long awaited return to TV! She’s starring in a Reba reboot, set almost fifteen years after the finale. Brock is dead (no reason is given), and Reba and Barbara Jean have finally given in to their simmering sexual tension. The lovers relocate to the countryside where they raise alpacas and plan their wedding. Sigh, I wish. Naw, Reba will actually appear in Fried Green Tomatoes series produced by TV’s legendary Norman Lear (One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, All in the Family, Sandford and Son). So, hey, maybe we’ll get that queer storyline after all!
NBC will air the hour-long drama, which will be set in modern times and explore the lives of the descendants from the original story. The author of the novel/co-writer of the 1991 film, Fannie Flagg, will executive produce alongside Reba, Norman, and his producing partner Brent Miller.
Former KFC colonel Reba will star as Idgie Threadgoode (played by Mary Stuart Masterson in the movie), who returns to Whistle Stop, Alabama after a decade away. According to Variety, Idgie must “wrestle with a changed town, estranged daughter, faltering cafe and life changing secret.” Um, the secret better be that she’s gay, because they entirely glossed over that part in the film. The food fight was supposed to be an allegory for sex, but, like, that’s dumb. Give us sex!
Here’s an idea: cast Kelly Clarkson as Reba’s estranged daughter. C’mon, it’s perfect! Kelly’s talk show is on NBC (synergy), she just filed for divorce from Reba’s step-son (so, basically estranged), and she won’t have to fake a Southern drawl. And we already have solid proof the gals have fantastic chemistry, thespian-wise:
Make it happen, Jesus!