WEEK IN WOMEN: Reba McEntire’s two upcoming Lifetime movies – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Country Music Hall of Famer and Golden Globe-nominated actress Reba McEntire — along with her familiar powerhouse voice — is joining Lifetime’s 2021 original holiday movie slate as the star of Christmas in Tune, the first project in a two-picture deal that the multi-hyphenate recently signed with Lifetime to star in and produce films for the cable network.

Christmas In Tune will be a tentpole installment in Lifetime’s It’s a Wonderful Lifetime holiday lineup. The telefilm will focus on Belle, a young marketing executive who is in danger of losing her job. Desperate for ideas, Belle decides to reunite a famous singing duo for a charity Christmas concert. There’s only one problem: The singers are Belle’s parents, and they haven’t even spoken to each other in years. Soon the at-odds couple is helping Belle get her life in order — and, naturally, she begins her own romantic duet with the new man in her life.

Christmas in Tune is written by Juliet Giglio and Keith Giglio. The film is produced by Hartbreak Films with Paula Hart and McEntire serving as executive producers. Filming is set for this spring.

The second movie in Reba’s two-picture deal with Lifetime won’t be a yuletide title. It is reportedly in development for 2022. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

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.