Reba McEntire’s The Hammer character, Kim Wheeler, is ready to lay down the law and serve some justice, even if it means risking her own life. Viewers can catch the country star in her leading role in the new original movie, Reba McEntire’s The Hammer, which is set to premiere on January 7th at 8/7c on Lifetime.
As she steps into her new role inspired by the life of traveling circuit judge, Kim Wanker, the “I’m A Survivor” singer finds herself not only dealing with day-to-day chaos and local criminals, but also the suspicious death of the reining judge.
Through her unwavering determination and lack of compassion for any sense of injustice, Wheeler fittingly earns the nickname, “The Hammer.” Even though she could find herself in the line of fire as the investigation of the former judge’s death persists, she keeps her gavel in hand with more motivation than ever to ensure the case comes to a close. This becomes especially true when her sister Kris, played by former Reba co-star, Melissa Peterman, is named the prime suspect.
“She’s a kind, caring person but a little spitfire. I just fell in love with the character,” McEntire said in TV Guide Magazine’s 2023 Preview issue (via TV Insider).
In addition to Peterman, McEntire got the chance to work alongside her boyfriend Rex Linn and Kay Shioma Metchie.
“Every scene was fun for me because I was working with her, and I mean that,” Linn told the outlet of their time on set together. “We’ll wink at each other in the middle of a scene.”
Linn portrays Bart Crawford, “a mysterious cowboy with unknown motives” while Metchie takes on the role of Vicky, “the tough-talking bailiff who serves as Kim’s right hand and trusted friend.”
Fans got a sneak peek of the upcoming movie in an action-packed trailer that was released on August 11. Things start off heated as Wheeler puts a local officer in his place after a traffic stop that gets a bit out of hand.
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As the teaser continues, she learns more and more about the town and the people that she has walked into. Soon, viewers will finally learn who’s really behind the judge’s passing and what’s in store for McEntire’s character next.
Reba McEntire’s The Hammer is produced by The Cartel and Pahrump Pictures with Stan Spry, Eric Woods, Anthony Fankhauser, Steven St. Arnaud and Reba McEntire as executive producers. Jeff Beesley directs from a script by Karen Wyscarver and Sanford Golden.
The movie will air January 7th at 8/7c on Lifetime and for those who miss the premiere, it will also be available for streaming the next day.
This marks McEntire’s second collaboration with the Lifetime network. In 2021, she starred in and executive produced her 2021 holiday film, Reba McEntire’s Christmas in Tune.
She is also staying busy with several other projects including her role in the latest season of ABC’s Big Sky, and preparing for the extended run of Reba: Live In Concert tour with special guests Terri Clark and The Isaacs.
“She doesn’t stop moving,” Linn says of McEntire on her never-ending busy schedule. “I’m telling you, man, she’s like a great white shark. Can’t stop or they’ll die in the water. [Laughs] At least that’s what the scientists tell us.”
McEntire previously starred in her own sitcom, Reba, for six seasons and later appeared in Malibu Country, Baby Daddy, Last Man Standing, and Young Sheldon.
Throughout her career, she has appeared in movies such as Tremors and The Little Rascals and voiced characters for Charlotte’s Web, The Land Before Time XIV, PJ Masks, and more.