ABC has added two more comedy pilots to it slate — the Reba McEntire starrer Malibu Country and Prairie Dogs, from That ’70s Show alums Jackie and Jeff Filgo. Both projects are produced by ABC Studios. The orders bring the number of in-cycle ABC comedy pilots so far this season to 10.
Malibu Country is a multicamera comedy starring the country star/actress as Reba who, after her “good ol boy” rock star husband cheats on her and burns through most of their money, divorces him and moves her family from Nashville to the only asset she has left — a little house in Malibu. There she’ll try to reignite her own singing career and keep herself and her three kids from being corrupted by the materialistic and rarefied Malibu world she now calls home. The project, which had a put pilot commitment, reunites McEntire with key auspices of her successful 2001 WB sitcom Reba. Former Reba showrunner Kevin Abbott wrote Malibu Country and executive produces with McEntire and former Reba executive producers McEntire, Mindy Schultheis & Michael Hanel. Also exec producing the sitcom are McEntire’s manager Narvel Blackstock; Dave Stewart, formerly of the Eurythmics; and Laura Ziskin Prods’ Pam Williams. ABC has been bringing back to the fold veteran TV comedy stars including Tim Allen, who stars in freshman comedy series Last Man Standing, executive produced/showrun by Abbott, and Kirstie Alley, who is toplining off-cycle pilot The Manzanis.
Prairie Dogs, written/executive produced by Jackie Filgo & Jeff Filgo, centers on Neil, an uncool cubicle worker (“prairie dog”) at one of the coolest companies in the world, who becomes 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.