”Fourteen years ago today, on October. 5, 2001, the sitcom Reba debuted on the WB network.
The show, which starred Reba McEntire, Christopher Rich, Joanna Garcia and Melissa Peterman, centered around McEntire’s character, Reba Nell Hart, who lived across the street from her ex-husband and his new wife. Her teenage daughter Cheyenne (played by Garcia) reveals in the debut episode that she is pregnant.
The show’s first episode was delayed twice due to the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, but once the show hit the airwaves, it didn’t take long for Reba to become a favorite. The sitcom set a new all-time WB viewership record for any program in the Friday night slot. Reba averaged more than 3.6 million viewers each week, which made its cancellation at the end of Season 6, in 2007, heartbreaking, for both the cast and it’s audience.
Reba, which aired on the CW network for its final season, was nominated for several major awards. McEntire earned a People’s Choice Award in 2002, for Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series, for her role in the series.
McEntire returned to the small screen in 2012 for a new sitcom, Malibu Country, which aired on ABC. The show starred McEntire as the lead character, Reba MacKenzie, who was attempting to restart her own music career after she divorced her husband, a famous country singer, in the wake of his infidelity. Although Malibu Country, which also starred Lily Tomlin and Sara Rue, included guest appearances by Blake Shelton and Laura Bell Bundy, among others, the series was canceled after only one season.
In 2015, Reba began airing in syndication on TV Land.” - (Via Theboot.com)
Facts: The first ever Reba cast promotional photo (March 2001) - when the show was still titled ‘Deep in The Heart’, which was changed to ‘Sally’ during the taping of the pilot. And then would ultimately be changed to ‘Reba’ after the WB Upfronts in the summer of 2001. The pilot episode was scheduled to air on Friday, September 14th. But the premiere date was delayed, twice, due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks that occurred that Tuesday. It finally aired almost a month after the original scheduled premiere date, on October 5th, 2001. The cast was also supposed to tape the 2nd episode (the 1st as a picked up show) on the night of the 11th, but it was obviously rescheduled for later in the week. The audience in attendance was a mixture of bused in people who were stranded at the LAX airport, & fans.