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Reba McEntire's sitcom "Malibu Country" canceled by ABC

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: May 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm •  Published: May 11, 2013
Reba McEntire, left, and Lily Tomlin co-starred in "Malibu Country."
Reba McEntire, left, and Lily Tomlin co-starred in "Malibu Country."

Reba McEntire’s sitcom “Malibu Country” has been canceled by ABC.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Malibu Country” is one of several series that the network has opted to axe. Others include “Happy Endings,” “Body of Proof” and “Red Widow.”

“Malibu Country” starred the Oklahoma-born and bred singer/actress as a newly single mom who divorces her cheating country singer husband and moves her family from Nashville to their summer home in Malibu, where she tries to reclaim her own singing career.

Lily Tomlin, Sara Rue and Justice Prentice co-starred in the series. Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton, “American Idol” Kelly Clarkson and Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes were among the fellow musicians who made guest appearances during “Malibu Country’s” freshman run.

The social media-savvy McEntire took to Twitter (@reba) today to address the cancellation:

“Not to worry. Everything happens for a reason!” McEntire posted with a smiley face. “Here’s to our new and exciting adventure, whatever it may be. SO looking forward to it. Love you all for your constant support!”

“Malibu Country” finished its freshman season with a respectable average of 7 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating among adults younger 50, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As part of ABC’s TGIF lineup, McEntire’s series earned an abbreviated full-season with an additional order for five episodes, along with Tim Allen’s return to TV, “Last Man Standing.”

“Malibu Country” went through two showrunners, including Nastaran Dibai (“According to Jim”), who stepped down after replacing creator Kevin Abbott, who exited when he entered rehab, reports the trade publication.

The series wasn’t a breakout hit for ABC, but McEntire’s devoted fan base did support it. “Malibu Country” also was among the network’s less-expensive fare, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

McEntire’s first sitcom, “Reba,” aired from 2001-07 on The WB, which became The CW network during the show’s run. It was the network’s No. 1 show and since its cancellation has continued to air regularly on various cable channels, including ABC Family and Country Music Television.

-BAM

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by Brandy McDonnell
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Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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