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Reba McEntire back on TV in 'Malibu Country'

Reba McEntire in an interview with KABC in this file photo from October 2012.
October 10, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Country music superstar and former sitcom star Reba McEntire is returning to TV this season in "Malibu Country."

Lily Tomlin, Sara Rue and Jai Rodriguez join her in the new ABC sitcom, in which McEntire plays a country singer who dumps her cheating husband and moves her family from Nashville, Tenn., to Malibu, Calif.

"This is a cool show to watch," McEntire said. "You can watch with your family, have a great time, not be embarrassed by anything, giggle and laugh with all of us."

McEntire believes the comedy serves her well.

"In my mind, my whole life has been kind of a sitcom, so I just fit right into it," she said. "I absolutely love television."

McEntire starred in her own self-titled sitcom from 2001 to 2007.

"I didn't want to leave 'Reba.' We got canceled in 2006 and I've been looking for a sitcom ever since," she said.

The country music queen said she'd be happy to appear on a new ABC TV show already getting a lot of attention: "Nashville."

"We know we're cool. Now the rest of the world is finally figuring that out," she said.

McEntire thinks "Malibu Country" is cool, too.

"It's got heart, it's got emotion," she said. "Then the next scene you're cracking up laughing. It's a rollercoaster of emotions and I think that's what you have to have in a good sitcom."

"Malibu Country" joins the Friday ABC line-up starting Nov. 2.


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