Reba McEntire's 'Malibu Country' is not 'Reba.' Or 'Nashville.' Or that other 'Nashville'

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In her new ABC series "Malibu Country," Reba McEntire is once again playing a single mother named Reba whose life is up-ended after her husband cheats on her. And like the country superstar's eponymous 2001-2007 sitcom, "Malibu" is a multicamera sitcom executive produced by Kevin Abbott. But that's where the similarities end. Pinky swear. For starters, "Malibu Country" costars the legendary Lily Tomlin as Reba's wisecracking mother, who joins her fish-out-of-country-water Tennessee family trying to adapt to the laidback, liberal Southern California lifestyle. Turns out playing a Southern matriarch isn't much of a stretch for Tomlin. Her character, Lillie Mae, is named after the actress's Southern mother. "I knew that culture very well," said Tomlin, who drew on family's roots for her first film, Robert Altman's "Nashville," in 1975. "I was very taken with her for a long time," Tomlin enthused about her costar during the TCA press tour, admitting she saw Reba backstage after...


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