Reba (TV series)

Reba is an American television sitcom starring Reba McEntire that aired from October 5, 2001 to February 18, 2007. The series originally premiered on The WB where it aired for 5 seasons, with the sixth season airing on The CW (The WB and UPN merged into The CW in 2006). In January 2007, it was announced that Reba would conclude after the sixth season, and ultimately ended on February 18, 2007.[1] Most episodes were filmed in front of a live studio audience.

Reba
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Season 3–6 intertitle
GenreSitcom
Created byAllison M. Gibson
StarringReba McEntire
Christopher Rich
Joanna García
Steve Howey
Scarlett Pomers
Mitch Holleman
Melissa Peterman
Theme music composerShelby Kennedy
Phillip White
Opening theme"I'm a Survivor", performed by Reba McEntire
ComposersSteve Dorff (season 1)
Jonathan Wolff (seasons 2–4)
Tree Adams (seasons 5–6)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes127 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersMindy Schultheis
Michael Hanel (entire run)
Allison M. Gibson (2001–2002)
Kevin Abbott (2002–2007)
Matt Berry (2003–2007)
Donald Beck
Christopher Case
Pat Bullard
Reba McEntire (all from 2005–2007)
ProducerJason Shubb
CinematographyDonald A. Morgan (pilot)
Bryan Hays
EditorAndy Zall
Camera setupVideotape (filmized);
Multi-camera
Running time20-22 minutes
Production companiesAcme Productions
Bee Caves Road Productions
(2001–2002)
(season 1)
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor20th Television
Release
Original networkThe WB (2001–2006)
The CW (2006–2007)
Picture formatNTSC (2001–2002)
HDTV 720p (2002–2007)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseOctober 5, 2001 (2001-10-05) –
February 18, 2007 (2007-02-18)

SynopsisEdit

The show is set in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, and stars Reba McEntire as wisecracking single mother Reba Nell Hart, whose dentist ex-husband Brock (Christopher Rich) has left her to marry young, ditzy Barbra Jean (Melissa Peterman) his dental hygienist, after it is revealed in the pilot episode that Barbra Jean is pregnant from an affair with Brock. Although Reba sees "B.J." (Barbra Jean's nickname) as her nemesis, Barbra Jean considers Reba her best (and perhaps only) friend. As the show progresses, Reba slowly and painfully comes to the conclusion that despite all her efforts to hate her, she likes Barbra Jean and considers her a friend. In the pilot episode it is revealed that Reba's oldest daughter, high school senior Cheyenne (JoAnna Garcia), is also pregnant.

Cheyenne marries her boyfriend Van Montgomery (Steve Howey), a dim-witted but well-meaning football player. Van moves in with them, after his own parents kick him out for standing by Cheyenne. Van comes to view Reba as a surrogate parent (something Reba is very comfortable with). Reba's other two children are Kyra (Scarlett Pomers), an intelligent and rebellious teenager who shares Reba's sarcastic streak, and Jake (Mitch Holleman), a young boy just trying to sort through the mess of his family. From the fifth season, Van and Reba are real estate partners.

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Reba McEntire as Reba Nell Hart (née McKinney). Reba is a single mom who struggles with taking care of everyone in her house after her husband divorces her for his dental hygienist. She is temperamental and prone to sarcastic remarks, but Reba can also be kind and caring, and is usually the sensible one. In the first two seasons she works as a secretary for her ex-husband's dental rival, Eugene. Later in the series she becomes a real estate agent.
  • Christopher Rich as Brock Enroll Hart. Reba's ex-husband, a dentist and golfer, who leaves her for his much younger, pregnant, dental hygienist, Barbra Jean. He is vain, addicted to tanning, and tries to convince everyone that he is still young. Brock sometimes shows regret for his divorce from Reba because of all the chaos it causes his children. His marriage with Barbra Jean is rocky, due to his selfishness and impetuousness, but he is in love with her. His name is a play on "rock and roll."
  • JoAnna García as Cheyenne Montgomery (née Hart). Reba and Brock's oldest daughter, who initially is looking forward to her senior year of high school, before learning that she is pregnant. She marries her boyfriend, Van Montgomery, who moves into Reba's house after his parents disown him. Cheyenne gives birth to their daughter, Elizabeth, after going into labor on graduation day. She can be somewhat air-headed and self-centered, but she can also be thoughtful and kind-hearted. She is very sensitive, especially when she is insulted (mainly by Kyra, her younger sister). Her work ethic and sense of responsibility improve as she raises her daughter and studies dentistry in college. Cheyenne also begins volunteering at a homeless shelter, greatly reducing her shallowness. When she comes to the realization that she is an alcoholic, she's inspired to discontinue dentistry as her major, and instead decides to study counseling for those affected by alcohol and drugs. She is truly her mother's daughter and cares greatly for her entire family.
  • Steve Howey as Van Montgomery. The star cornerback of his high school's football team, Van is kicked out of the house when his parents find out that he plans to marry his pregnant girlfriend, Cheyenne. He consequently moves in with Cheyenne at Reba's house, and his future in professional sports looks bright until an injury to his tailbone reveals that he has narrowing of the spine. He works to recover his life after the loss of his football dream, and he eventually becomes a successful real estate agent in a partnership with Reba. Van is portrayed as a big goof and is not good with words, especially when it comes to Cheyenne. Kyra loves making fun of him. He is a great father to his daughter, Elizabeth. He also bonds with Jake, though they grow more antagonistic towards each other as Jake grows closer to his teen years. He cares deeply for his in-laws, especially Reba, for taking him in and caring for him in his darkest hours. His relationship with his parents remains strained throughout the series, and they never truly make up.
  • Scarlett Pomers as Kyra Eleanor Hart. Reba and Brock's middle daughter, who has the fewest emotional issues of the family. Many of her traits and looks come from Reba, including her sharp wit and knack for sarcasm, although she's known to be more manipulative and difficult. Kyra has a constant need for this because while she would like to live the life of a normal teenager, Reba, Brock, and Barbra Jean constantly saddle her with adult responsibilities (like watching the two babies) and severely meddle in her social life. Therefore, she always feels that she's being punished for the bad choices of the dim-witted Cheyenne and Van. In the final season, she decides not to go to college and to focus on her music. Kyra also likes teasing Van, annoying Cheyenne and bullying Jake. During season 5, she appears in only two episodes toward the beginning of the season, due to Pomers' real-life battle with anorexia. She returns at the beginning of Season 6.
  • Mitch Holleman as Jacob "Jake" Mitchell Hart. Reba and Brock's youngest son, Jake is often teased by his sister Kyra. In earlier seasons, Jake sometimes is seen in only one scene where he cracks a joke or mentions something that involves the current topic. Jake is pretty oblivious of what goes on around him and has a habit of saying the first thing that comes to his mind without thinking. He acts like a normal boy for his age, although in earlier seasons he displays feminine characteristics that worry his father, Brock.
  • Melissa Peterman as Barbra Jean Hart (née Booker). Barbra Jean, also known by her initials "BJ", was Brock's dental hygienist and had an affair with him as his marriage to Reba was deteriorating. She gets pregnant even though Brock and Reba are not divorced yet. Her comically religious behavior is phased out over the course of the first season. Barbra Jean is more intelligent than Van, but is more oblivious than Jake and is often an easy target for Reba's sarcasm. She is intimidated by Reba's parenting skills and history with Brock, and she spends much of the series desperately trying to earn Reba's friendship, much to the latter's constant annoyance. While noisy and eccentric, she is a kind-hearted person with good intentions, and by the end of the series Reba reluctantly admits that Barbra Jean is a good friend. Her tendency to tell "over-the-top" tales results in her sharing many random and often bizarre facts about her childhood and past. The most that can be understood is that she was born in Friendly, Texas, and was known as "the biggest baby in Juno County." She has a sister, currently married, a brother named "Buzzard" (played by Bryan Callen of MADtv fame) and a father ("Big Daddy") who enjoys drinking and hunting. Brock is afraid of both Buzzard and Big Daddy because he knows they don't like him. BJ also claims to have an aunt who spits professionally. In the last season, she loses a considerable amount of weight and becomes a weather girl (stage name "Stormy Clearweather") with a public-access television cable station. Her meteorological expertise comes from the fact that her "butt-rometer" can accurately predict rain ever since she was struck by lightning in her Be-dazzler-studded backside in 1982. In the last episode, she trades up to her station's roving news reporter, calling her segment "Babs Janson: Street Walker."
  • Alena & Gabrielle Leberger as Elizabeth Montgomery. Elizabeth is the daughter of Van and Cheyenne. Elizabeth rarely speaks (although in the ninth episode in Season 5 she says her first line), but is sometimes shown in a family member's arm or running around. She's a happy child who is often shown giggling. In the second season episode "And The Grammy Goes to...", it is revealed that Van indeed named the baby after the star of Bewitched.
  • Alexander & Jackson McClellan as Henry Charles Jesus Hart, Brock and Barbra Jean's son and younger half-brother of Cheyenne, Kyra, and Jake. He sometimes displays bad behavior, which leads Reba to believe that Barbra Jean is a bad parent.

Reba McEntire, Christopher Rich, Joanna García, and Steve Howey are the only cast members to appear in every episode.

EpisodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired Network
1 22 October 5, 2001 May 10, 2002 The WB
2 25 September 20, 2002 May 9, 2003
3 23 September 12, 2003 May 14, 2004
4 22 September 17, 2004 May 20, 2005
5 22 September 16, 2005 May 5, 2006
6 13 November 19, 2006 February 18, 2007 The CW

ProductionEdit

Opening sequencesEdit

The show's theme song, "I'm a Survivor," was written by Shelby Kennedy and Phillip White and performed by Reba McEntire. The song comes from Reba's album Greatest Hits Vol. 3: I'm a Survivor. Though the first part of the TV version's lyrics appear elsewhere in the song, the album version has a different chorus: "The baby girl without a chance / a victim of circumstance / the one who ought to give up / but she's just too hard-headed / a single mom who works two jobs/ who loves her kids and never stops / with gentle hands and the heart of a fighter / I'm a survivor. The show's lyrics are as follows:

My roots are planted in the past,
Though my life is changing fast,
Who I am is who I want to be.
A single mom, who works too hard,
Who loves her kids and never stops.
With gentle hands and the heart of a fighter.
I'm a survivor.

In season 1, the opening credits were black-and-white photos of cast members interspersed with clips of each cast member from the show (mostly if not all from the pilot episode), along with color video shots of Reba on a soundstage. The theme song, "I'm a Survivor", was slower and softer, very similar to the original album version. The first ten episodes of season two featured a truncated opening sequence: Cast and crew names were shown during the first and second segments of the show. The song was re-recorded at a faster, more energetic pace, but only two lines of the chorus ("Who I am is who I want to be / I'm a survivor") were sung. New video inserts of McEntire were shot and played with a color photo of the entire cast at the end.

From the 11th episode of season 2 onwards, a full opening sequence was returned to the show. The fast-paced song played among the new shots of McEntire plus clips of cast members from previous episodes as their names scroll past the screen horizontally. In seasons 5 and 6, the song was re-mixed again, with gentler guitars replacing a harder-edged sax solo.

The series finale of Reba ended with a family photo, similar to the first episode and the season five finale "Reba's Heart". This marks the only time that Reba ended back to back seasons using the family photo of season one.

MusicEdit

In the series pilot, McEntire performed her single "Walk On.” Two unreleased songs were performed by McEntire throughout the series: “Angel’s Lullaby” (in the episode “It Ain’t Over Till the Redhead Sings”) and a cover of Carole King’s “So Far Away” (in “Terry Holliway”). Finally, McEntire and Peterman performed Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” in the episode “Driving Miss Kyra.”

Exterior shotsEdit

The house used in the exterior shots which served as Reba's house is located at 13522 Butterfly Lane, Houston, Texas 77079.

CancellationEdit

Midway through season 6, word began circulating that the CW had ordered "the back nine," or the remaining episodes that would have given Reba a full-season order, but on January 19, 2007, during the network's TCA Press Tour, it was revealed that the series had been canceled, with no "back nine" on order.[1]

The series finale garnered 4.44 million viewers in its final half-hour. Rumors continued to float on the CW's message boards and Reba fan sites that the series might still have a chance at renewal, citing the possible removal of programming chief Dawn Ostroff, or that Lifetime may opt for a Van/Cheyenne spinoff series.[2] It was soon announced that Garcia and Howey had each been signed to new shows for CBS and FOX respectively.[3]

An interview with Reba McEntire, as part of the press coverage of her then upcoming duets album, revealed that the show was not being shopped around and that the series was indeed finished. In an interview with Variety on May 29, 2007, 20th Century Fox TV president Gary Newman said that he had regretted The WB's handling of the show in later years, saying that he was sure the series would have been a hit for CBS, ABC, or UPN.[4] The final season of Reba was originally scheduled to debut in the spring of 2007. But, following the cancellation of the drama Runaway, the series returned in November 2006.

American ratingsEdit

Reba set a new all-time viewership record for any program on the WB's Friday night (best-ever Friday in women 18–49). During its five seasons on the Friday night lineup, it often ranked 4th in its timeslot (ahead of both UPN and Fox), with a few episodes bringing in over 5 million viewers.

Reba's premiere on The CW Sunday averaged 4.02 million viewers, including 1.64 million viewers and 40 percent among adults 18–49 more than when Everybody Hates Chris and All of Us premiered in the same time slot, thus making Reba the highest rated sitcom on the network. With Reba as a lead in, 7th Heaven saw a season high of 4.51 million viewers.

Reba was averaging 3.63 million viewers since the beginning of its sixth season, making it the seventh most-watched show and the most-watched sitcom on The CW throughout the 2006–07 television season. The new Reba episodes vary as being either sixth or seventh most-watched program on the network, sometimes ranking as high as #3 for the week.

Throughout The CW's inaugural season (2006–07), no other program had higher viewer turnout for repeat airings than Reba. As a result of the lackluster ratings for encores of the summer drama Hidden Palms, repeats of Reba returned to the CW's schedule in June 2007 after being absent for three months, and they immediately became the most-watched program of the night. Later in the summer, repeats of Reba were the most-viewed program on The CW.

Season U.S. ratings Network Rank
1 2001–2002 4.2 million[5] The WB #129
2 2002–2003 4.5 million[6] #127
3 2003–2004 4.2 million[7] #155
4 2004–2005 4.3 million[8] #117
5 2005–2006 3.4 million[9] #133
6 2006–2007 3.6 million[10] The CW #131

BroadcastEdit

HistoryEdit

The series was originally cancelled when The WB and UPN merged into The CW. However, in an 11th hour move on May 17, 2006, The CW renewed Reba with a 13-episode order, reportedly to fulfill a syndication contract worth $20 million.[11][12] In November 2006, The CW announced that the show would be paired with 7th Heaven, Sundays at 7:00 p.m., beginning later that month.[13] Reba encores were scheduled for Sundays at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT, with a new episode at 7:30 p.m. Reba became the top-rated sitcom on the CW, also surpassing the dramas Supernatural, One Tree Hill, and Veronica Mars.[14] The final episode aired on February 18, 2007.

SyndicationEdit

Reba has aired in syndication on Lifetime, Ion Television, Peachtree TV, The CW Plus, and Hallmark Channel. In September 2006, Reba began airing on the new CW Daytime block. In September 2008, the series departed the network's daytime lineup. It began airing on CMT on Wednesday August 1, 2012, in high definition, and also began airing on ABC Family (now Freeform) on August 6, 2012. It began airing on TV Land in 2015. As of August 2019, however, the series was pulled from both TV Land and Freeform. The show made its network premiere on UPtv on August 2, 2019.[15] On April 5, 2021, the series began airing again on the Hallmark Channel.[16]

InternationalEdit

Reba was broadcast worldwide in over 30 countries. The series was successful in the Czech Republic (under the name "The Diary of a Seasoned Mother") where the season premiere on September 29, 2007 garnered over 1 million viewers. It was also successful in Canada, Mexico, and Croatia.

Home mediaEdit

20th Century Fox has released the entire series run, seasons 1–6, of Reba on DVD in Region 1. All discs are double-sided in an effort to reduce the economics of producing the sets. In 2010, seasons 1-4 were re-released in standard, more compact DVD cases to match the fifth and sixth season releases.

Title Season One Season Two Season Three Season Four Season Five Season Six
Release date December 14, 2004 December 13, 2005 April 25, 2006 November 14, 2006 January 13, 2009 June 23, 2009
Ep# 22 Episodes 24 Episodes 22 Episodes 22 Episodes 22 Episodes 13 Episodes
Disc # 3 3 3 3 2 1
Format NTSC NTSC NTSC NTSC NTSC NTSC

Awards and nominationsEdit

Awards and nominations for Reba
Year Award Result Category Recipient
2001 People's Choice Awards Won Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series Reba McEntire
Young Artist Awards Nominated Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Supporting Young Actress Scarlett Pomers
Nominated Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Supporting Young Actor Mitch Holleman
Nominated Best Family TV Comedy Series Reba McEntire
Won Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Guest Starring Young Actor Shawn Pyfrom
2002 Nominated Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Supporting Young Actor Mitch Holleman
Nominated Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Scarlett Pomers
2003 Nominated Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress
Golden Globe Awards Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Reba McEntire
2004 Young Artist Awards Nominated Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Young Actor Age Ten or Younger Mitch Holleman
Nominated Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Scarlett Pomers
Won Best Family Television Series (Comedy) Mitch Holleman
2005 Nominated Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actor
2006 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominated Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series Bryan Hays (For episode: "Flowers For Van")
2007 Nominated Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series Bryan Hays (For episode: "The Goodbye Guy")
2008 Teen Choice Awards Nominated Choice TV Actress: Comedy Joanna García

ReferencesEdit

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