Reba Inks Two-Movie Deal with Lifetime, Announces Holiday Movie for 2021
‘Christmas in Tune’ is set to premiere during the 2021 holiday season.
Reba; Photo by John Russell, CMA
The holidays are going to be a bit more “Fancy” this year as Reba McEntire has reportedly signed to star-in and produce a Christmas-themed movie for Lifetime.
According to Entertainment Tonight, the country superstar is currently developing Christmas in Tune, a music-themed holiday movie that will air as part of the network’s “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” lineup. McEntire will also contribute an original holiday song to the movie.
Christmas in Tune centers around the story of Belle, a marketing exec who is afraid she’s going to lose her job.
According to Lifetime, “She decides to reunite a singing duo for a charity Christmas concert, but the problem is — the singers are actually her parents and they have not spoken to each other in years! Soon the at-odds couple is helping Belle get her life in order and she begins her own romantic duet with the new man in her life.”
Casting for the movie is currently underway and filming will begin this Spring.
McEntire’s deal with Lifetime also includes a yet-to-be-announced non-holiday movie.
“Reba has been a creative force in both music and television for many years. We are thrilled to have her on board to produce and star in not just one — but two movies for us,” said Tanya Lopez, EVP of Movies, Limited Series & Original Movie Acquisitions, Lifetime and LMN in a statement. “Reba has been part of Lifetime’s air many years ago and we can’t wait to welcome her back!”
“I am thrilled to partner with Lifetime for a return to television movies! My fans and I enjoy their programming and loved watching the Reba show there for so many years,” McEntire said.
A premiere date for Christmas in Tune has yet to be announced.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.