Country music veteran Reba McEntire has signed a two-picture deal with Lifetime Movies. The first of the two movies is an inspirational holiday movie entitled Christmas in Tune. The movie is written by Juliet and Keith Giglio ("Dear Christmas") and will be produced by Hartbreak Pictures. McEntire and Paula Hart ("Once Upon a Main Street") will executive produce. McEntire's second project is in development for 2022.
In Christmas in Tune, McEntire plays Belle, a marketing executive who is worried she may lose her job. She decides to reunite a singing duo for a charity concert -- but the singers are her parents, who haven't spoken to each other in years.
McEntire will record an original holiday song for the film.
"Reba has been a creative force in both music and television for many years. We are thrilled to have her on board to produce and star in not just one -- but two movies for us," Lifetime EVP of movies, limited series and original movie acquisitions Tayna Lopez said.
McEntire previously starred in the sitcom Reba, which aired in syndication on Lifetime.
"I am thrilled to partner with Lifetime for a return to television movies! My fans and I enjoy their programming and loved watching the Reba show there for so many years," she said.
The movie's release date and additional casting are currently unclear, though the release states that it will be a flagship property for Lifetime's annual "It's a Wonderful Lifetime" slate.
About Reba McEntire:
Multi-media entertainment mogul Reba McEntire has become a household name through a successful career that spans across music, television, film, theater and retail. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood Bowl member has won 16 ACM Awards, 15 American Music Awards, 9 People's Choice Awards, 6 CMA Awards, 3 GRAMMY® Awards, a GMA Dove Award and was a 2018 Kennedy Center Honors recipient, in addition to multiple philanthropic and leadership honors.
In 2017, she marked her thirteenth summit as the double-disc collection SING IT NOW: SONGS OF FAITH & HOPE topped both the Billboard Country and Christian/Gospel charts, bolstering Reba's successful record of 35 No. 1 singles and over 56 million albums sold worldwide. Reba co-produced her latest GRAMMY® nominated album, STRONGER THAN THE TRUTH (Big Machine Records) alongside Buddy Cannon in Nashville.
The Oklahoma native and Golden Globe® nominated actress has 11 movie credits to her name, a lead role on Broadway in Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun and starred in the six-season television sitcom Reba. Most recently, she joined the voice cast of Fox Animation's Spies in Disguise - released in theaters Christmas 2019. Her brand partnerships include Dillard's, REBA by JustinTM and was named the first female and musician to portray KFC's iconic founder Colonel Harland Sanders in their celebrity colonel campaign.