In an interview in 2010, Dave Stewart spoke about Malibu Country
“I’ve created a TV series called “Malibu Country.” When we first presented it to the producer, the presentation was a wooden box that looked like an apple box. When you opened it up, there was a “Malibu Country” shirt, music on a CD, the script treatment on a brown piece of paper. It looked like a country store. Because in my mind, it will be a store: It’ll be “Malibu Country” store, and it’ll be full of all the lifestyle feeling that the TV show is about. That’s all laid out in the presentation. When you go to someone with this, they either like it or they don’t, but they can see that you’re going to do this. Somebody is going to produce it. So they go, “Oh shit, I better not make a mistake in my decision here. This might be a huge hit!” It’s very different than just walking in and saying, “I’ve got an idea.””
Well the news this week is that ABC has bought a script with a put-pilot commitment from ABC Studios with Reba McEntire attached to star.
“Malibu Country” will be written by Kevin Abbott, who was executive producer on McEntire’s previous TV effort, the WB sitcom “Reba,” which ran for six seasons beginning in 2001.
Abbott will executive produce with McEntire; her manager, Narvel Blackstock; Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel of Acme Prods., Pam Williams of Laura Ziskin Prods., and veteran musician Dave Stewart.
“Malibu” is a multi-camera comedy in which McEntire’s character divorces her “good ol boy” rock-star husband after he cheats on her and burns through most of their money. She 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 rarified Malibu world she now calls home.
ABC Studios also sold ABC a script for an epic-fantasy drama reimagining “Beauty and the Beast. “Human Target” executive producer Jonathan E. Steinberg will write and executive produce with Mojo Films’ Gary Fleder and Mary Beth Basile.