WEEK IN WOMEN: Reba McEntire Cooks Up FRIED GREEN TOMATOES Series – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Country Music Hall of Famer, Golden Globe-nominated actor and Kennedy Center honoree Reba McEntire is attached to star in a series based on the acclaimed book and movie Fried Green Tomatoes, with Norman Lear executive producing, on NBC.

Along with starring, McEntire will executive produce the hourlong drama series. Jennifer Cecil (Hell on Wheels, Notorious) is attached to write and executive produce.

Lear, who was an executive producer on the 1991 film, and his producing partner Brent Miller will executive produce under their Act III Productions banner. Universal Television will serve as the studio.

The series is billed as a modernization of that delves into the lives of the descendants of the original 1987 novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and the 1991 film directed by Jon Avnet. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.