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Reba: Reba McEntire Sitcom Returns, But for How Long?

RebaIt’s been a bumpy ride for Reba fans. The Reba McEntire series was The WB’s highest-rated sitcom for virtually all of its five seasons. You would think that high ratings would ensure that the show would continue on the CW. Not so.

The sitcom had received a two-year commitment from The WB network at the end of its fourth season so, last spring, fans believed their show was safe for an upcoming season six. In fact, when the UPN/WB merger was announced earlier this year, it was said that CBS’ leader Les Moonves sent word that the new CW network would honor the rest of the two-year commitment. The Reba cast and crew wrapped their shooting according to schedule on March 14, 2006.

A few weeks later, CW executives reportedly told 20th Century Fox TV (who produces the show) that they wanted to cancel the deal because the show didn’t attract the new CW’s “desired demographic.” As a result, the Reba fifth season finale, which was originally shot as a cliffhanger (Van and Cheyenne possibly breaking up), was re-edited to include a sentimental montage of images from the show’s run.

CW is said to have changed their mind about the cancellation when they realized they’d have to pay an eight-figure “kill fee” to 20th Century Fox TV. CW instead gave Reba a 13 episode renewal order but didn’t put the sitcom on the Fall 2006 schedule. Would they air?

Well, the wait is finally over. The sixth season of Reba will debut at 7pm on Sunday, November 19th with two new episodes. The following week, a Reba rerun will air at 7pm and a new episode will follow at 7:30pm.

Great news but keep in mind that the CW only committed to purchasing 13 episodes. If the ratings are good enough, it’s said that an order for nine additional episodes will be given — bringing the order to a full season of 22. The additional episodes would start airing by February 2007.

Production on the 13 episodes will be completed in early December so presumably the decision would have to be made soon if the 13th episode was to include any kind of closure for the series. Will that happen in time? Hard to say but, based on the sitcom’s rocky road last Spring, I’m guessing the Reba producers may have a few contingency plans up their sleeves. We’ll keep you posted so, stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

 

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THE MURPHY'S December 22, 2007 at 3:27 pm

PLEASE PLEASE KEEP THIS SHOW AIRING! IT’S THE BEST, CUTE FAMILY SHOW SINCE LUCY! MY WHOLE FAMILY IS ADDICTED! IT’S WONDERFUL!!!

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Barbara Carroll December 20, 2007 at 3:00 pm

I love the Reba show. It is a family show. Leave Reba alone. This show , showed you how to treat people right. Showed family values. Gave you laughter. No cussing, a good family show. GO REBA!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!

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Rusty December 15, 2007 at 6:51 pm

Reba was one of the BEST TV SITCOMES to be on TV for along time. It is a shame that something that good and family oriented was taken off the air. Reruns at least can be seen. We need these kind of shows on the air instead of the things that are so messed up and messing our kids up!!!! REBA is #1 at our house.

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Bill Cotter December 8, 2007 at 10:20 pm

Reba and Still Standing are the only sitcoms my wife and I watch. Great shows. They will be classic reruns for generations.

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Estelle Drouin December 1, 2007 at 9:41 am

My husband and I have just started watching the Reba show……..we never knew it existed…..we watch it on the Lifetime station……..it is absolutely GREAT…..gives us our laughs for the day…..come on…keep Reba and the crew…….we love you guys……..GO REBA GO!!!!!!!!!!

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rtaylor November 28, 2007 at 6:11 pm

Didn’t really see much of the Reba show until reruns. Now I’m hooked. So glad Reba and family are back for another season. Thot the series ended because Reba is such a busy lady. Just exactly what demographic are those network execs aiming for anyway?

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Mary Jane Hucik November 27, 2007 at 3:58 pm

I love the Reba show. I watch all of the reruns, and never laughed so much. Every one of the actors are superb. I especially enjoy all the values it represents, even Reba treating Barbra Jean & Brock as though they never hurt her. Please keep it on.

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Lu Rossi November 16, 2007 at 4:09 pm

LOVE the REBA Show!!!!! Please keep it on the air!!!!

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Patricia Schultz November 8, 2007 at 10:31 pm

my granddaughter wants to meet you…I went to all your concerts and bought T-shirts…they are now hers
she has had a long road and its still busy

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Emma Ursiny November 7, 2007 at 8:01 pm

Reba,
My daughter just turned 3 years old and she just loves your show. She knows your voice and I would love to send you a picture for you to sign for her. She is the cutest. Please advise an e-mail address to send her picture for you to sign. It would mean so much@

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Chris Penuel October 31, 2007 at 5:35 pm

I hope that season 5 and 6 are going to be for sell soon. I have seasons 1 – 4 and would really love to get the last 2. Our cable company moved the CW to it’s HD channels only and we never got to see the final two season. Please get them to the stores soon.

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Chris October 31, 2007 at 5:33 pm

I hope that season 5 and 6 are going to be for sale soon. I have seasons 1 – 4 and would really love to get the last 2. Our cable company moved the CW to it’s HD channels only and we never got to see the final two season. Please get them to the stores soon.

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Peggy Jackson October 29, 2007 at 2:58 pm

Reba is the best show that has aired in ages. It hits home yet is so funny. Gives something back to family life and some time together for families. I can not believe that this show could be taken away when it has so many devoted fans that love it. Bring Reba back and leave it.

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Trent Naylor October 20, 2007 at 2:13 pm

Is it really true! is Reba coming back Please Come Back I’ve been Watching reba sents I was 16 It is so cool and I like how she Loves God and Respects him in her show. i also like that she is so warm and funny in her show. I’m a big reba fan of her Music and Show. Please don’t go I know that she HAs other things to do but I respect Reba of her Choice to.but that show needs to be on the air have you seen todays shows theres nothing for familys any more only for ADULTS! and thats justy wrong. please somebody tell me is the show coming back or not. God Bless ya’ll an thanks Reba Show. Jesus Loves you.

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Angela Finnell October 17, 2007 at 3:19 pm

I never knew about Reba’s show because we live out in the country without cable. Now that we have sattelite (Dish Network)three of us watch Reba for 3 hours almost every day (weekdays for sure). I am 52, my mother 73 and we love the show and every single character! Alsom my 22 year old neice and 5 year old neice also watch. It would just be a real mistake to take of such an entertaining program like Reba. We will be tuning in when the series begins in November and so looking forward to it.

Love to the cast of Reba!

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