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'Malibu Country' review: Reba McEntire's corny comedy is as comfortable as an old pair of cowboy boots

Considering the successful six-year run of Reba McEntire's sitcom "Reba" in the 1990s, it shouldn't be a surprise that ABC is trying to resurrect its winning formula in "Malibu Country," premiering tonight (Nov. 2) on ABC. Once again, Reba plays a woman wronged by her cheating country-star husband (Jeffrey Nordling) and forging a new life as a single mom. In "Malibu County," that means moving her family -- two teenagers and her straight-talking mom, Lillie Mae (Lily Tomlin) -- from Nashville to her husband's fancy L.A. beach house and jumpstarting her own music career. Put plainly, Reba says with her charming twang, "He's a moe-ron and I'm leaving his lying, cheating butt." Ditzy neighbor Kim (Sara Rue) takes the place of "Reba's" Barbra Jean (Melissa Peterman) -- the '90s sitcom's aggressively friendly mistress. In "Malibu Country," Kim, a trophy wife with a teenage stepson, serves as both redneck Reba's foil and cultural mentor. Jai Rodriguez...


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