Fried Green Tomatoes is Coming to NBC as a TV Show

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A TV series based on a beloved movie is in the works!

Variety is reporting that a television series based on the 1991 Fried Green Tomatoes movie is coming soon from NBC. Norman Lear (who also produced the original movie and is currently 98 years young!) and Reba McEntire have been named as the executive producers. McEntire will also star as the free-spirited Idgie Threadgoode.

cast of Fried Green Tomatoes movie

The hour-long drama is said to be a modernization of the 1987 novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg. It will follow the lives of the descendants of the original movie’s characters, who were played by Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker, and Cicely Tyson.

Reba McEntire

In the upcoming series, present-day Idgie (played by Reba McEntire) returns to the Whistle Stop Café after a decade away, encountering a changed town, a struggling café, a troubled relationship with her daughter, and a life-altering secret.

There’s no official word on when we can expect to see the first episode of the made-for-TV Fried Green Tomatoes series, but you can watch the original movie on Amazon Prime Video while you wait! It’s $3.99 to rent, $13.99 to buy, or included at no cost with your FREE 7-day trial of Showtime.

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Comments 11

  1. Amy

    Had me until Reba haha. There’s something about her acting that’s very off-putting to me. 🤷‍♀️

    • Lana

      Exactly! And the troubled relationship with her daughter.

      • JES

        I didn’t know Reba had a daughter.

        • JenB

          She meant the story line, but she has step-daughters in real life.

    • browniesmomma

      Same here. Probably will not be very good then.

  2. Evie

    I do not understand, why so many classics are being resurrected! I guess Hollywood is on Life Support!
    I keep hearing how smart and innovative this generation is. Why no classics of their own. Oh well, there are still vcrs, CD, Turner Classics and Hallmark!

    • PrincessMom

      I’d rather see classics come back thank some of the crazy new stuff coming out! lol

      • Evie

        Well, the classics were fine the way they were! Do not want to see them butchered. Poor choice of words. She did cook her friends abuser in a dish and serve it up to the investigator.

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  4. Lolie

    I love this movie! Hope the show is a good one. Thank you for sharing. 😊

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Lolie!

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