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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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Nancy Duncan September 6, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Hello I’ve been trying to find the song, “Cowgirls don’t cry. I have about 7 of her albums and I just ordered the new one,but it’s not any of them. I know Brooks & Dunn sang it with Rebs; I just love the song anr want to know on which album it is On. If I made any mistakes I am not feeling good but just had to get this out. Thank you, Nancy Duncan

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pj July 14, 2009 at 12:58 pm

bring back reba!

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betty witkowski January 27, 2009 at 5:57 am

dear reba —– i love your show i watch it all the time i wrote back on july 30,2008
for the same reason i am writting now .the show on 1-26-09 at 6:30pm it was a rerurn i want the lyrics of the song you sang at the end of the show (TO A FRIEND THAT HAD DIED) that owned a bar it was so beautiful i just love the words
“”SO FAR AWAY”" words in the song ‘knock on my door’ ‘time away’ and so on with the words please help is it a song on a cd ? please help me where can i buy it
is it called (SO FAR AWAY)also you are a beautiful person love your songs and show i hope it nevers goes off the air please help me with this matter thank you BETTY

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bonnie January 19, 2009 at 5:23 pm

when or where are we ever gonna be able to purchase reba sing angel’s lullaby? it is so perfect for gramas or grandmas to be.

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jamie December 26, 2008 at 4:24 pm

i hope they make new episodes because bj and brock are suppoosed to be seprteated and cheynne is pregente twice

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Pat December 16, 2008 at 4:26 pm

I want you to know what “Reba” has meant to me. I lost my husb. in April, 2008. While frozen in grief & depression & nearly unable to get out of my chair, I discovered this wonderful show. I suddenly heard an odd sound in my house. It was me laughing out loud. The only time I was able to break through my grief & heard myself laugh was when I watched these very funny people. What a great concept. Thank you so much for coming into my life when I needed it so much. I’ve now seen episodes 2 & 3 times & still laugh out loud.

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helen December 11, 2008 at 4:39 pm

What an enormous shame if Reba is not renewed. All my family watch this wonderful show. I have never laughed so much. All the characters compliment each other. We wish the whole cast the very best in the future, hopefully that will include making more and more people laugh and be happy watching this brilliant show. To the powers that be……PLEASE reconsider your decision and resume production of Reba. THANK YOU.

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admin September 22, 2008 at 7:27 am

norman finestein »

The show won twice for Cinematography but Reba the actress never won one.

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norman finestein September 22, 2008 at 7:08 am

did reba ever win a n emmy

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Madeline Damian September 12, 2008 at 6:24 am

I love the reruns of the Reba show. I especially enjoy the one when Elizabeth gives birth to Elizabeth. I would like to know how I can get a copy of the lullaby Reba sang to the baby on that show. My daughter recently gave me a grandson and I would love to know where I can get a copy of that song.

Madeline Damian

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robyn auger August 30, 2008 at 1:13 am

i know you here this a lot, but i love the show reba, i think its so funny, i always watch it if i see it. i watched this one episode a lil while ago, and reba sang this song on there, but i dont remember what it was called or how it goes, but i know i love it. it was on the episode where reba and brock go back to this old bar and go to see there old friend, but it turnes out there friend is dead, and they feel real bad for not beleaving it, and the guy who died, used to date reba. but the night he desided to ask her to marry her, was the night reba and brock deside to tell that guy that they are in love.. wow , what a twist..o, please send the name of that song to me..=)

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betty witkowski July 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm

i would like the lyrics to the song reba sang on her tv show july 30,2008 lifetime it was
the 6pm or 6:30pm show the song was your so far away it was so sad and i really liked the song please send the words thank you thank you

betty

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doris July 15, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Reba:s riters were as good as two and a half men’smwriters. whoever cast the characters for the Reba show was a genious we loved the show . what a loss

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ROBERTA WHITAKER July 8, 2008 at 11:01 am

MY HUSBAND AND I LOVE THE REBA SHOW, WE STILL WATCH THE RERUNS
AND STILL GET A BIG LAUGH OUT OF SOME OF THE OFF THE WALL THINGS THAT HAPPEN OR IS SAID. THE SHOW IS A GOOD SHOW TO WATCH WITH THE ENTIRE FAMILY, REMINDS ME OF THINGS THAT ACTUALLY HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE FAMILY SITUATIONS, SO PLEASE BRING REBA BACK WE NEED GOOD CLEAN WHOLSOME SHOWS TO WATCH …..REBA AND THE CAST ARE THE GREATEST…….

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Char July 2, 2008 at 3:36 pm

One of the best shows ever. As good as the old time shows. I’ve seen every show, watch the syndicated Reba shows everyday. I never get tired of watching them over and over…..and laugh…..and laugh……and laugh. Thanks for the great series. Wish you all would come back.

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