Jai Rodriguez Will Join Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin in ABC Pilot "Malibu Country"

News   Jai Rodriguez Will Join Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin in ABC Pilot "Malibu Country" Stage and screen star Jai Rodriguez will join the previously reported Reba McEntire and Tony Award winner Lily Tomlin in the ABC half-hour pilot "Malibu Country."

According to a previous Deadline.com report, "Malibu Country," written by Kevin Abbott, centers on Reba Gallagher (McEntire) who, after her rock-star husband cheats on her, divorces him and moves her family from Nashville to a little house in Malibu. Tomlin will play Shirley, Reba's warm and funny mother who joins the family in their move.

Abbott and McEntire executive produce the pilot with Mindy Schultheis, Michael Hanel, Narvel Blackstock, Dave Stewart and Pam Williams.

Jai Rodriguez is an actor and musician best known as the culture guide on the Bravo network's Emmy-winning American reality television program "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." Rodriguez is a stage actor and singer best known for his roles in the Broadway stage musical Rent, as Angel, and the Off-Broadway musical Zanna, Don't!, as Zanna. 

McEntire was seen on Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun. She also appeared on stage in the Carnegie Hall presentation of South Pacific opposite Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell. The performer was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won a People's Choice Award for her sitcom "Reba." 

Tomlin won a special Tony Award in 1977 when she appeared in her solo show Appearing Nitely. In 1986 she won the Tony for Best Actress in her solo show The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, which was also nominated for Best Revival in 2001 when it returned to Broadway.

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