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Reba McEntire to star in ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ TV series – AL.com

Country star Reba McEntire is set to star in a television series based on “Fried Green Tomatoes,” the novel and movie written by Birmingham native Fannie Flagg.

An hourlong drama is in the works at NBC, according to a report by Variety. Executive producers for the show include Flagg, McEntire and Norman Lear, a TV icon known for producing “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” “Good Times” and other hit sitcoms in the 1970s and early ’80s.

Flagg’s 1987 book, and the 1991 movie version, are set in the fictional town of Whistle Stop, Alabama, and much of the action takes place at the Whistle Stop Cafe, a restaurant inspired by the Irondale Cafe near Birmingham. Flagg’s aunt, Bess Fortenberry, bought the cafe in 1932 and spent about 40 years running the place with the help of two friends, Sue Lovelace and Lizzie Cunningham.

“Fried Green Tomatoes” tells the stories of several folks who live in the small, tightly knit community, but its main focus is Idgie Threadgoode — a free-spirited tomboy who drinks, cusses, gets in fights and generally flouts convention — and her relationship with the lovely and more traditional Ruth Jamison.

Variety describes the new series as a “modernization of the novel and movie that explores the lives of descendants from the original work.” McEntire, 65, will play an