Reba McEntire enters the courtroom on Saturday (January 7th) in the new Lifetime movie, The Hammer. The multi-talented superstar plays Kim Wheeler, an outspoken lawyer who is appointed to be a judge for Nevada’s 5th District, making her one of the few traveling judges left in America. The previous judge died under suspicious circumstances, and now Kim finds herself dispensing justice between Reno and Las Vegas, as well as helping her sister (played by Reba co-star and friend, Melissa Peterman) who is accused of murdering the former judge. Her real-life boyfriend (and Big Sky co-star) Rex Linn also stars in the film.
Known as an iconic singer and storyteller, Reba finds acting a different kind of creative outlet. “It’s another creative outlet. That’s why I love acting. When I did ‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ I got to sing, I got to act, but I also got to be another character. I wasn’t Reba McEntire. So that’s what I really enjoy doing – being something outside my character.”
This is Lifetime’s second collaboration with Reba who also starred in and executive produced her 2021 holiday film, Reba McEntire’s Christmas in Tune.
With her run on ABC’s Big Sky: Deadly Trails, Reba has delved into a darker place with her complex character Sunny Barnes, who some might say is a bad person, while others see the character as a mother protecting her family.
She definitely plays a good person and a steward of justice in The Hammer, which you can catch this Saturday (January 7th) beginning at 8pm ET/7pm CT on Lifetime.
You can also catch Reba on tour this spring. She recently announced 14 additional dates, featuring special guests Terri Clark and The Isaacs. The spring run will kick off March 9th in Jacksonville and will conclude at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, marking Reba’s first time playing the iconic venue.
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“Yeah it’s another creative outlet. That’s why I love acting. When I did ‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ I got to sing, I got to act, but I also got to be another character. I wasn’t Reba McEntire. So that’s what I really enjoy doing – being something outside my character.”