UPtv TO CELEBRATE THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SERIES REBA THROUGHOUT OCTOBER
Reba McEntire and Melissa Peterman will be doing an UPtv Facebook Live to celebrate the milestone on Oct. 5
In addition to the network’s primetime weekly airings throughout the month, UPtv will be hosting a marathon of Reba on Friday, Oct. 1, and Saturday, Oct. 2, complete with exclusive content and DVD extras
ATLANTA – Sept. 30, 2021 – UPtv, the television home for uplifting entertainment, announced today that Multi-media entertainment mogul Reba McEntire and actress Melissa Peterman (who played Barbra Jean on the series) will be participating in a Facebook Live to celebrate the sitcom’s 20th Anniversary. The Live will be hosted by Kelly Sutton (co-host of 650 WSM, host of “Connected with Kelly” on YouTube, syndicated radio show “Y’all Access with Kelly Sutton” and the voice of “Country Heat” on Amazon Music) and will be simulcast across Reba’s and UPtv’s Facebook pages on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. ET. October 5th is 20 years to the day since the debut of Reba. UPtv will be celebrating Reba’s 20th anniversary all-month long with special on-air packaging, exclusive interview content with Reba and DVD extras.
“We are elated to have the entertaining and always fun pair of Reba and Melissa Peterman participating in a Facebook Live as we celebrate 20 years of the beloved series, Reba,” said Wendy McCoy, senior vice president of marketing at UP Entertainment. “Reba is a staple in our lineup and to bring fans this chance to reminisce and hear from two of the stars themselves, is incredible. We have some surprises planned for the Live event so be sure to join us on Facebook @UPtv at 6 p.m. ET.”
“Rebaversary” Marathon Schedule
The marathon will feature episodes hand-picked by the cast.
Friday, Oct. 1
7 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. ET
Saturday, Oct. 2
9 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. ET
Reba also airs Mondays – Thursdays beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
In Reba, the Hart family is in the midst of a divorce as Texas soccer mom Reba watches her white-picket-fenced world collapse before her very eyes. Her dentist husband, Brock (Christopher Rich, Melissa & Joey), is leaving her after what she thought was 20 happy years of marriage for his impossibly perky and unfortunately pregnant dental hygienist, Barbra Jean (Melissa Peterman, Baby Daddy). The cherry on top of this bitter sundae is that Reba’s 17-year-old daughter Cheyenne (JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Once Upon a Time) is pregnant by her boyfriend, the high school’s dim-bulb football star, Van (Steve Howey, Shameless). Rounding out the happy brood is 12-year-old Kyra (Scarlett Pomers) who is greeting puberty with venom, and 9-year-old Jake (Mitch Holleman), whose biggest concern is whether his best friend can sleep over. Determined to take some semblance of control back in her upside-down-turned life, Reba makes a deft shift to “Plan B.” She plots a new course, taking in her new son-in-law Van to live with Cheyenne and their impending child and trying to keep the husband-stealing future stepmother of her children at arm’s length.
Houston, Texas, native Allison M. Gibson created the series. Gibson served as executive producer with Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel for Twentieth Century Fox Television.
About Reba McEntire
Multi-media entertainment mogul Reba McEntire has become a household name through a successful career that spans across music, television, film, theater and retail. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood Bowl member has won 16 ACM Awards, 15 American Music Awards, 9 People’s Choice Awards, 6 CMA Awards, 3 GRAMMY® Awards, a GMA Dove Award and was a 2018 Kennedy Center Honors recipient, in addition to multiple philanthropic and leadership honors. Reba has celebrated unprecedented success including 35 career No.1 singles and selling over 56 million albums worldwide. Reba recently earned her 60th Top 10 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, extending her record for the most Top 10 hits among female artists. Reba’s Top 10 success spans across five straight decades and lands her alongside only George Jones, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton in the achievement.
The Oklahoma native and Golden Globe® nominated actress has 11 movie credits to her name, a lead role on Broadway in Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun and starred in the six-season television sitcom Reba. Her brand partnerships include Dillard’s, REBA by Justin™ and she was named the first female and musician to portray KFC’s iconic founder Colonel Harland Sanders in their celebrity colonel campaign. Last year, Reba launched her very first Spotify original podcast, Living & Learning with Reba McEntire, featuring guests including Dolly Parton, Leslie Jordan, Kristin Chenoweth, Jane Fonda and more. Reba will release her newest project REVIVED REMIXED REVISITED on 10/8. The 3-album box set is a reimagined collection of some of her most iconic songs and marks the first recorded collaboration between Reba and Dolly Parton on a new version of the Grammy-award winning song “Does He Love You.” Reba is also set to hit the road this winter for “REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas,” the longest-running country residency in Las Vegas taking place Dec. 1-15, 2021 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. For more information, visit www.Reba.com or follow @Reba on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About Melissa Peterman:
Growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Melissa Peterman first made a name for herself when she was cast in the local production of “Tony and Tina’s Wedding.” She went on to perform in over 600 shows and became a staple on the comedy and improv scenes. She starred as “Bonnie Wheeler” in ABC Family’s #1 rated comedy series “Baby Daddy,” which won The Peoples Choice Award. Melissa is well known for her starring role as Barbra Jean on the hit series “Reba.” Currently she is recurring on the CBS #1 hit “Young Sheldon,” recurs on Fox’s “Last Man Standing” and Disney’s “Sydney to the Max.”
She starred alongside Ed Asner and was an EXP of “Working Class” for CMT. She guest starred in “Retired at 35,” “Surviving Suburbia,” “Rita Rocks,” “Just Shoot Me,” “Cedric,” “Living in Abandon,” “The Pitts” and “American Dad.” She was the host for Fox’s “Punchline,” a current events driven game show. She is a frequent ‘celebrity contestant’ on “25 Words or Less” and a frequent guest co-host on “Access Live.” Her first televised comedy special, “Melissa Peterman: Am I the Only One?,” aired on CMT and she also starred in “Dusty Peacock,” the online series created for Crackle.com. Melissa has hosted several competition shows, including four seasons of CMT’s “The Singing Bee,” ABC Family’s reality comedy clip show “Dancing Fools,” and ABC’s primetime game show “Bet on Your Baby.” She competed in Food Network’s hit ‘Celebrity Worse Cooks.’ She recently co-hosted with Reba “Living and Learning ‘ podcast for Spotify . A long standing guest of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Melissa has hosted the Sing-A-Long Sound of Music at The Hollywood Bowl since 2004. She also hosts the LA Phil’s annual Holiday Sing A-Long at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Peterman is committed to many charities, including Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night, Habitat for Humanity, The Red Cross and the non-profit Buzzworks Theatre Company.
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Kristina Stafford Kelly