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‘Reba’ Takes on Tough Issues

September 10, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Reba McEntire’s new TV show is a sitcom, but some of the subject matter _ including teen-age pregnancy and adultery _ is no joke.

``That’s what appealed to me,″ the country music star said in the issue of Newsweek that’s hitting newsstands on Monday. ``Country songs are about divorce, trauma, death. It’s not all apple pie.″

The new show, called ``Reba,″ debuts on the WB network Friday. It’s about a woman whose teen-age daughter gets pregnant, and whose husband gets his dental hygienist pregnant.

McEntire says, however, ``It’s not really about two people getting pregnant. It’s how the family deals with it. Do they fall apart? The message is: no matter how bad things seem, you can get through it.″

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