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Reba returns to television with 'Malibu Country'

The native Oklahoman and entertainment superstar will play a former country singer and newly single mom trying to restart her career and family life on the sitcom, premiering Friday night on ABC.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: November 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm •  Published: November 2, 2012

Instead, she packs up her two teenagers (Juliette Angelo and Justin Prentice) and her feisty mama (Lily Tomlin) and moves from Nashville to Malibu and the beach house her ex used as his love nest, which also happens to be their last remaining asset.

While Reba tries to revitalize her music career, her whole brood must adapt to the SoCal life.

“I play a country music singer. I don't know how I'm gonna pull that off. Yeah, very strange. I'll have to have some tips, some coaching,” McEntire joked during a June news conference at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, where she received the Annie Oakley Society Award.

“It's gonna be a fun TV show.”

Between her record-setting recording career and her fashion lines at Dillard's, the Country Music Hall of Famer had plenty to do before she added the new TV show to her schedule. But McEntire, 57, never quite got over the unceremonious cancellation of her first sitcom, which aired from 2001-07 on The WB, which became The CW network during the show's run.

“I was not ready to leave, absolutely not. We had lots more stories to tell on the ‘Reba' show; we were devastated. We were the No. 1 sitcom on that network. And then we went into syndication,” McEntire told me last year. “So it has had a second and third life. I mean, when I sing (the theme song) ‘I'm a Survivor' on our show, the crowd goes nuts because they do love the ‘Reba' TV show. And I thank them for that. ... It was just a great experience for all of us.”

“Reba” continues to air in repeats on ABC Family and Country Music Television. But the multimedia superstar, who also will play a sold-out concert Dec. 1 at Hard Rock Tulsa, now has a new theme song to sing, “Goodbye Looks Good on Me,” plus a hilarious new co-star in veteran comedienne Tomlin.

“She is so much fun, on and off the stage. She's a character, witty. And what a professional. She would ad-lib and stop the show — thank goodness it's on tape and we can edit — and it was just hysterical. When Lily comes on the set, everybody's like ‘what's she gonna say next?'” McEntire said with a laugh.

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
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 than 1...
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