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Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin Talk "Malibu Country"

16 November 2012 10:43 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

(l-r, Sara Rue, Lily Tomlin, Reba McEntireJustin Prentice, Juliette Angelo & Jai Rodriguez)

With sitcoms featuring major gay characters like NBC’s The New Normal and CBS’s Partners creating various levels of buzz earlier this fall, ABC recently entered the fray with the new sitcom Malibu Country. (Sadly, right after this story went live, CBS announced that it was immediately pulling Partners from the schedule due to low ratings.]

Yes, the same Malibu Country that marks the return of Reba McEntire to network television. And, yes, the same Reba McEntire who is known for her Christian beliefs and comes from the typically conservative country music world.

But with her on-screen mother played by out legend Lily Tomlin, a co-star in Jai Rodriguez (who recently told us about his gay character) as well as a running storyline about whether a neighbor's son is truly gay or simply pretending to be »

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Malibu Country: Is the New Reba Sitcom Worth Watching?

2 November 2012 7:23 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Reba McEntire's last sitcom, Reba, ran for six seasons on the WB and CW networks. Will Malibu Country, her new TV series, last as long or will it be quickly cancelled instead? Is it even worth watching?

Malibu Country revolves around the wife (Reba McEntire) of a country music star. After catching he's caught cheating, she moves the rest of her family from Nashville to the beaches of Malibu. As Reba tries to pick up her own singing career, the family discovers that sunny California is a very different world. The sitcom also stars Lily Tomlin, Sara Rue, Juliette Angelo, Justin Prentice, Hudson Thames, and Jai Rodriguez.

Does that sound like a hit sitcom? Here's what some of the critics are saying:

La Times: "The deal you make with a series like this is, if it doesn't ask too much of you, »


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