Starring: Reba McEntire, Sara Rue, Justin Prentice, Juliette Angelo, Jai Rodriguez, and Lily Tomlin
Created by David A. Stewart and Dave Harris
Teleplay by Kevin Abbott, Written by David A. Stewart & Dave Harris, Directed by John Pasquin
Malibu Country is a new sitcom from country music superstar Reba McEntire. She had a successful self-titled WB sitcom in the early 2000s and there are some similarities this time around. Here, she plays Reba Gallagher, the wife of a famed country singer. When he is caught cheating on her, she decides to publicly dump him and move to a little place in Malibu that she didn't know her estranged husband owns. She moves with her two kids, Cash and June (Justin Prentice and Juliette Angelo) as well as her free spirited mother Lillie Mae (Lily Tomlin). Rounding out the main cast is Reba's overbearing new neighbor Kim (Sara Rue) and young record label assistant Geoffrey (Jai Rodriguez), who Reba enlists to help her restart a music career she quit 15 years ago.
BOTTOM LINE: If ABC is serious about restarting a TGIF block, this is a good show to build around. It has broad appeal and accessibility and audiences like Reba. I can't see this becoming appointment viewing for me or one I'll watch online every week. But if I ever have a free Friday night, I can see myself turning it on. The nice thing about shows like this is you won't get lost but missing episodes here and there. I don't love it but I want it to work so comedies can have a presence on Friday nights.