February 01, 2012 5:02pm PT by Lesley Goldberg , Lacey Rose
ABC Adds Comedy Pilots From Reba McEntire, 'That '70s Show' Duo
ABC has picked up a pair of comedy projects, including one written by and starring Reba McEntire.
McEntire is attached to executive produce and star inMalibu Country,amulticamera comedy from ABC Studios.
The half-hour project centers on Reba, who divorces her cheating husband and moves her family from Nashville to Malibu. There she'll try to reignite her own singing career and keep herself and three kids from being corrupted by the materialistic and rarified Malibu world she now calls home.
The project counts Kevin Abbott as a writer, with Narvel Blackstock (McEntire's manager), Laura Ziskin Productions' Pam Williams, Dave Stewart (former of the Eurythmics) and Acme Productions' Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel.
For their part, husband and wife duo Jackie and Jeff Filgo (That '70s Show, The New Adventures of Old Christine) will wrirte and executive produce Prairie Dogs, a half-hour single-camera project from ABC Studios.
The vehicle revolves around Neil, an uncool cubicle worker (“prairie dog”) at one of the coolest companies in the world, who is the victim of identity theft. When he discovers the thief has created a much more fulfilling, kick ass life with his identity than he ever has, he engages the charismatic conman to help him change his life.
The projects join Judy Greer's American Judy, Dan Fogelman's alien family project and The Manzanis, starring Kristie Alley and Rhea Pearlman, among others, as comedies with pilot orders at the network.