ABC gets a little credit for trying to be creative with its newest game show, Bet On Your Baby. But doesn't mean the show isn't so horrible that you'll want to systematically Kill Bill the executives responsible for bringing this calamity to actual television screens.
If you're planning on tuning in to watch ironically (with, say, an adult beverage or five), let me stop you right there. Don't. Don't do that. Just drink your wine/beer/other while you listen to the new Justin Timberlake album. Or even the new Limp Bizkit album, because even that would be more pleasing to the ear than shrill women screaming about their children.
The premise of BOYB, hosted by the lovely, personable, far-too-amazing-for-this Melissa Peterman is that one parent bets on whether their child can complete such scintillating tasks as stacking Oreo cookies, holding an inflated beach ball for an entire minute, or twirling around in a certain number of circles while the other parent supervises the activity.
At the end, the parents compete in a weird Price Is Right Showcase Showdown-style thing that involves their children picking up a pile of discarded toys so they can solve a puzzle underneath. Then they get to smash piggy banks with a hammer to see how much money they'll be able to put toward their kid's college education, like a weird, lower-stakes Deal or No Deal. Like, the most they can take home is $25,000, which won't even cover a year of a state school, let alone their kid's college education in 15 years.
Plus, aside from the misguided jumble of literally every other game show on television, the parents are insufferable. It's like willingly cornering yourself at a party with a couple who only wants to talk about their child's every accomplishment. Why would you ever do that?!
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What do you do when your lying, cheating, country-star husband asks you to stand by his side? Well if you’re comedy veteran and multi-platinum phenomenon Reba McEntire, you leave his sorry butt, pack up the kids, and move cross country to Malibu. Hell hath no fury like a southern woman scorned!
Malibu County premieres tonight on ABC and we at Hollywood.com were lucky enough to talk with the queen of country music about her fun-loving return to the small screen. Plus, we also lassoed up a first look video with McEntire and her on-screen mama, Lily Tomlin.
McEntire say that fans of her first sitcom Reba, will “absolutely” love this new half-hour comedy. “The fans were so devoted and so faithful to the Reba show,” The singer recalls. “And now to have a new one called Malibu Country that has a great cast and is also totally different, the kids are 14 and 16 years old and my next-door neighbor played by Sara Rue and my mom played by Lily Tomlin…it’s just a really great cast and they’re so much fun to work with.”
Viewers can get excited for one of the biggest differences between the two shows: new music! In Malibu Country, McEntire plays a former singer, who gave up her music career to focus more on her family. However now that she’s an independent lady, Reba will be looking for that “hook” to get her back into the highly competitive music industry. “We’re going to be seeing original music yes you are. We’ve got a couple of songs already recorded that are incorporated into the shows, one of them is our theme song.”
Fans will still get their dose of the lovable ditz through Kim (Rue), Reba’s Malibu Barbie-esque next-door neighbor. And being the hard-hitting journalist that I am, I noted that Kim and Reba’s former bimbomic side-kick Barbara Jean (Melissa Peterman) would make a great pair. “You know what I think so too! At first I think they’d probably have a cat-fight but then they probably would really be best friends,” The singer said with a laugh.
Joining Reba on her journey from Nashville to Malibu is Lily Mae, played by the legendary Lily Tomlin. “She is amazing, she’s fun, funny, witty, and really down to earth…just as sweet as you can be. We all love her and she loves us, you can really tell there are a lot of great feelings on the set,” McEntire gushes.
Check out our special sneak peek video below to watch McEntire and Tomlin interview each other and learn all you need to know about their new show Malibu Country.
Malibu Country premieres tonight at 8:30 PM on ABC
Are you going to check out Reba’s new ABC adventure? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
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Asner, who turns 81 next month (15Nov10), is best-remembered for his signature role as journalist Lou Grant on hit 1970s sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show. It's his first role as a series regular since 2006 comedy Studio 60.
His return to TV follows recent late-career successes for two former Mary Tyler Moore co-stars - Betty White is experiencing another wave of success with her own U.S. series, Hot in Cleveland, while Cloris Leachman features in TV comedy Raising Hope.
Asner's 12-episode comedy is scheduled to premiere in January (11).