Big Sky returns. This time around, with Reba McEntire and Jensen Ackles.
With fall TV season starting its climax, it’s just the right time to go back to Helena, Montana, and the private investigator offices of Dewell and Hoyt.
On Wednesday night, ABC’s Big Sky officially releases its third season at 10 p.m. Furthermore, they’ve got a dose of a new mystery with a few flashy and fresh series regulars.
Currently retitled Big Sky: Deadly Trails, season 3 chronicles the journey of cop Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick), Beau Arlen (Ackles) – temporary sheriff, and Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) – a private investigator, as they dive into a group of new mysteries – especially the case of a missing backpacker.
In the middle of their probe, they bump into Sunny Barnes (McEntire), the executive of a family backcountry outfitter company who appears to have an intriguing number of ties to missing person cases.
Before the show’s comeback, EW asked producer Elwood Reid to get the juice on what to expect when things turn upside down in the Montana wilderness.
‘Big Sky’ Big Mystery
In an interview with EW, Reid revealed the central mystery of the third season.
“There’s a glamping outfit in Montana that is run by Sunny Barnes and Buck Barnes [Rex Linn]. In this family-run glamping outfit, a bunch of guests come up missing. We begin to realize, as the season progresses, that the Barnes family has a lot of secrets. They may or may not have something to do with some of these disappearances, and in true Big Sky fashion, the people that disappear also have some secrets and may not stay disappeared,” he shared.
“This season we are also doing little runner mysteries, case-of-the-week formatting, in addition to our big mystery. One of the biggest reasons we’re doing that is we’ve Jensen Ackles. He’s an amazing asset and we wanted him and Jenny Hoyt to get out there and be solving cases the week of, and also, get involved in a big mystery for the season.”
Additionally, Reid shared how he decided to cast McEntire and Ackles.
“Jensen is one of those guys that I’ve always wanted to work with. He’s one of those guys that I’ve always loved. He’s someone my daughter and my wife likes, and a lot of guys like. There’s not a lot of people out there that tick all those boxes. And I’d heard nothing but raving from people who worked with him — what an amazing guy he was, what a professional he was,” he said.
“Mutual friends put us in touch. He’s from Texas. So, I pitched this Texas-type character that finds himself up in Montana. I can’t say enough good things about him. He walks on the set and it changes.”He added, “Reba is someone who a lot of us grew up with. I had written a character, and I described her as ‘Reba McEntire, circa Tremors.’ I always loved that character. So, I called her and pitched her the character.”
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