In 2017, Reba McEntire was all set to return to TV in a new role she’d developed with Desperate Housewives’ creator Marc Cherry: In Red-Blooded, she would’ve starred as a small-town Southern sheriff who partners with a Middle Eastern FBI agent after an unspeakable tragedy.
Now, the Country Music Hall of Famer is opening up about her disappointment that the show didn’t get picked up.
“I thought, ‘Man, this is going to be great,’” she tells Good Housekeeping. “To me, it was one of the greatest things I’d ever gotten to be a part of.”
“I was really proud of it,” she adds. “It was a different type of role for me. It was a one-hour drama pilot.”
Reba had just landed for a vacation in South Africa when she got the news that the show wasn’t going to happen.
“I was like ‘Wow, what? No, you’re kidding,’” she recalls. “I was aggravated, I was mad. I was disgruntled.”
“I was like ‘I’ll never do TV again,’” Reba says candidly. “I did, kind of, question, ‘Was it my performance? Was it, I wasn’t right for the part?’”
Ultimately, Reba got over her disappointment: She now has a new TV project in the works.
Reba’s self-titled sitcom aired for six seasons on The WB and The CW starting in 2001. She followed that up with one season of Malibu Country on ABC in 2012.
Right now, Reba’s focusing on music: Her new album, Stronger Than the Truth, just came out and features her latest single, “Freedom.”
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