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Reba McEntire to Star in NBC’s ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’

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  • Arden is a Senior Country Music Journalist for Country Thang Daily, specializing in classic hits and contemporary chart-toppers.
  • Prior to joining Country Thang Daily, Arden wrote for Billboard and People magazine, covering country music legends and emerging artists.
  • Arden holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Tennessee, with a minor in Music Studies.

When we think that the artists we adore only excel in music, there are some who are ready to blow our shoes away with surprising revelations with their career in filmography.

Reba McEntire already had some history of straying away from country music, but in the same industry, as a good singer/songwriter should, she has been a good producer and a movie star at the same time. And with ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ drama series about to premiere on NBC, produced by Reba McEntire through the assistance of Norman Lear, something is about to get really hot.

A Decade Ahead

Just like the 1991 film and the long-time novel of ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’, the drama series approach is becoming quite like a sequel, taking form through the trendy TV show outlines we see in media streaming platforms like Netflix.

The show was written by Jennifer Cecil and described as the modernization of the movie plotting a decade away from the original storyline. As they take the descendants of those characters who appeared in the film and the novel, the present-day Idgie Threadgoode (played by Reba McEntire), returns to Whistle Stop, the main setting in the original timeline. Threadgoode’s hurdles will cover dealing with the new town, an estranged daughter, a faltering café, and a life-changing secret she’s yet to discover.

Living the 1991 Legacy

Cecil, McEntire, and Lear are the executive producers of the show. As Lear had the handle on the last version of the ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’, he chose other people who could help him bring to life the sequel of the once-blockbuster movie.

Brent Miller assisted through his banner to promote Act III. Fannie Flag will also lend a hand to the project as the person is the one who authored ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ novel and the co-writer of the film’s screenplay in 1991. The studio chosen for the shoot is part of Universal Studio Group, specifically called Universal Television.

‘Fried Green Tomatoes’

To give you a glimpse of the 1991 ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ film for future references, it was directed by Jon Avnet and based on Flagg’s novel. It starred Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker, and Cicely Tyson. The plot revolves around the life of an unhappy housewife who then befriended a lady in a nursing home and was amazed by her stories.

All throughout the years, the film received many critical praises and became a box-office hit, able to gross $119.4 million on an $11 million budget. It was nominated for two Oscars awards which are; Best Supporting Actress for Tandy and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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