Everyone’s favorite redhead country superstar (turned prime-time television star, turned failed country comeback queen, turned Kelly Clarkson’s BFF) is back! And so is her trademark corny humor in ABC’s original sitcom “Malibu Country.”
The legendary Reba McEntire made her first television debut in 2001 on the WB’s hit series “Reba.” The series lasted for six years, proving Reba’s natural comedic timing and the growing acceptance of redheads in America. ABC is hoping to recreate the success of “Reba,” even if that means to CTRL+C and CTRL+V everything from the series into “Malibu Country.”
I don’t know what these fictional Rebas’ problems are between the sheets, but once again, she plays a woman named “Reba” whose husband cheated on her (probably with Hayden Panettiere‘s character in “Nashville“). To get away from his gonorrhea (this was assumed by me, not mentioned), Reba moves her family — two teenagers and her uncensored mother, Lillie Mae (Lily Tomlin) — from Nashville to a Hannah Montana-esque L.A. beach house.
At the beach house, Reba meets her airhead neighbor (and I’m assuming ex Playboy Bunny) Kim (Sara Rue). Because it’s so obvious Kim will be the counterpart of “Reba’s” lovable Barbra Jean, the writers should have just written Barbra Jean into the damn show.
Anyways, Kimbra Jean is fun and her interaction with Lillie provides some laughs, but the rest of “Country” is dry as week-old cheese grits. The WB’s “Reba” was welcomed the first time around, and maybe that’s because I had a fifth grader’s sense of humor back then, but no one is here to watch a lesser version of it.
If you’re looking for a show to put on in the background during a Family Game Night, “Malibu Country” is perfect for you. If not, I just recommend watching “Reba” reruns on CMT.
Regretfully watch “Malibu Country” Friday nights on ABC. Don’t check your local listings.