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Hercules Loves Malibu But Says MALIBU COUNTRY Is No Place To Visit!!

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An awful new laughtrack sitcom from writer-producer David B. Harris (“American Dreams”), “Malibu Country” stars Reba McEntire as a singer who dumps her cheating husband and relocates her family from Nashville to Malibu. Lily Tomlin (“The West Wing”) and Sara Rue (“Less Than Perfect”) also star.

It is the last of this fall’s broadcast premieres (whew!) and replaces “Cougar Town” in the old post-“Last Man Standing” slot.

Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics is listed as this sitcom’s co-creator. (In my youth I was told I resembled Dave Stewart – also William Hurt, Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Cartoon Egon Spengler and other pale people.)

For the record, Malibu itself is wonderful. Teeming with many a fabulous starlet frolicking on its beaches. During my decades in Los Angeles I drove up there many a weekend.

HuffPost TV says:

... It's like "The Good Wife" meets "GCB" in sitcom form -- and, yes, it's even worse than it sounds. The only thing the traditional, multi-cam show has going for it is that Reba's fan base have been clamoring for the singer-actress to return to TV ever since "Reba" left the airwaves. But unlike "Reba," "Malibu" isn't very funny. It's similar to "Partners" -- I didn't laugh once. …

The New York Times says:

... retro would be a compliment. “Malibu Country” looks more like a relic. … Ms. McEntire, who brought a spunky, dogged energy to “Reba,” looks tired in “Malibu Country” — in the pilot, at least, she isn’t selling the tired jokes and situations. …

The Los Angeles Times says:

... One does feel a bit sad at times watching such a talented cast go, if not exactly to waste, then into an enterprise so obvious and ordinary. …

The San Francisco Chronicle says:

... ain't much to write home about, as its star might put it, but it sure does grow on you. …

The Washington Post says:

... joyless … has a view of the sea and a laugh track that guffaws too hard. …

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:

... derivative, unimaginative and altogether lame.…

The Boston Globe says:

... a traffic jam of culture-clash cliches, numbing laugh track cackles, and fake stage-set lighting. …

USA Today says:

... It's enough to make you think Tomlin's search for intelligent life has come to a failed conclusion. … for a show like this, ABC should pay us.

Variety says:

... the result is even less ambitious -- and has less to recommend it -- than the country singer's old WB show. This is the fall's final new network series, and nobody can accuse ABC of saving the best for last.…

8:30 p.m. Friday. ABC.

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  • They kept promoting her as being this jack of all trades, having done music, TV, and theater... No. She is Reba in her personal life and Reba in whatever she does. There's no range there, no gamut, no nothing. She's playing herself in everything she does. But man oh man, were they kissing her ass like she was this renaissance woman.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    That smile....WHY SO SERIOUS!???

    by la_sith

  • Well, that works for 2 1/2 Men, so who knows, maybe the public will inexplicably like this too.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Herc in your youth did you sport a mullet?

    by rakesh patel

    it's the only commonality i can deduce from Dave Stewart also William Hurt, Jeff Bridges and Kiefer Sutherland circa 15-20 years ago.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    reba times 2?

    by MGTHEDJ

    So ABC has 2 shows about Nashille. The drama Nashville is a thinly-veiled account of Reba's life 20 years ago when she was being pushed out for Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Shania, and Leanne Rimes, with Connie Britton playing Reba. The real Reba is doing a sitcom inspired by the scandals of Sara Evans and her porno loving husband, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood's affair, and Vince Gill dumping his first wife Janis, also a country singer, for Amy Grant. Talk about covering your bets.-----later-----m

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Reba McIntyre has seriously now gotten a SECOND sitcom??

    by TheSeeker7

    and Lily Tomlin -- for shame!! Do you really need money that bad?

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 9:04 p.m. CST

    wow that looks fucking wretched.

    by Stifler's Mom

    Amazing that this garbage exists in the same world where Arrested Development couldn't find viewers.

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Better than "Work It"

    by jim

    They should use that in the commercials: "Not the worst sitcom you'll see this year (assuming you've seen them all)".