Reba McEntire To Star In New ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ Show

Reba McEntire is heading back to the small screen! The iconic entertainer will star in a new NBC drama based…


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October 14, 2020

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Reba McEntire is heading back to the small screen!

The iconic entertainer will star in a new NBC drama based on the beloved film and novel Fried Green Tomatoes, Variety reports.

Norman Lear, who executive produced the Fried Green Tomatoes movie, will produce the show, while Reba has also been confirmed to executive produce in addition to her starring role.

According to Variety, the hour-long drama will center around present-day Idgie Threadgoode (McEntire) who returns to Whistle Stop after 10 years away. After arriving, she has to deal with a changed down, her estranged daughter, a failing cafe and a “life-changing secret.”

The Fried Green Tomatoes novel was originally released in 1987 and the movie followed in 1991. The original film starred Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker, and Cicely Tyson.

McEntire is no stranger to television. The Oklahoma native previously starred in six seasons of her sitcom Reba as well as ABC’s Malibu Country. Reba has also guest-starred on several shows, including Young Sheldon, Last Man Standing, and Frasier.

Reba is set to co-host the upcoming CMA Awards alongside Darius Rucker. The 54th Annual CMA Awards will air Wednesday, Nov. 11 (8:00-11:00 PM/EST) on ABC.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.