Like the Tennessee outsider she plays in "Malibu Country," her new sitcom, Reba McEntire can relate to being a small fish in this land of swimming pools and movie stars.
She and her husband, Narvel Blackstock, moved to California from Nashville, Tenn., in 2001 so she could star in "Reba," her first weekly comedy. The move was especially difficult on their son, Shelby, who was 11 at the time.
"To be happy that your show got picked up but knowing that your child is going through this turmoil is really hard on the parents and the children, everybody involved," McEntire told reporters recently.
For "Malibu Country" (debuting 8:30 p.m. Friday, ABC), she plays Reba Gallagher, a single mother of two who's trying to ignite her once red-hot country music career by moving to California. Reba's outspoken and wise mother (Lily Tomlin) comes along with the move.
Gallagher's career stalls, in part, because she's considered too old -- by music business standards -- to be commercially relevant.
McEntire, whose career includes a stint on Broadway in "Annie Get Your Gun," hasn't quite come to that hurdle yet. She's still a fairly consistent hitmaker (2010's "Turn On the Radio" peaked at No. 1 on the country chart) and garners radio airplay while most of her peers do not.
The sting of being told she's too old, though, is something McEntire has felt. "Well, it will sure keep you humble real quick by somebody saying, 'Nope, you're not young. You're not sexy. Go do something else.' Yeah, I'm sure that would be very humiliating and hurtful," McEntire said.
"But the Reba character has to embrace that and work harder."
Other highlights for the week:
-- "The Walking Dead" (9 p.m., AMC). Michonne and Andrea come across more human survivors, including someone they left behind for zombie food months earlier.
-- "Halloween Wars" (9 p.m., Food Network). In the reality competition's finale, a pumpkin carving expert, cake artist and craftsman work together to conjure a romantic but horrific zombie wedding. The show's winner earns $50,000.
-- "666 Park Avenue" (10 p.m., ABC). Olivia recollects a 1929 murder on Halloween night.
-- "Son of Frankenstein" (9:30 p.m., TCM). The third of the classic monster series (1939) has the son of Dr. Frankenstein returning home to meet the creature.
-- "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" (10 p.m., TLC). A marathon of the reality show hit featuring a little girl from rural Georgia (also known as Honey Boo Boo) plays out through midnight.
-- "Halloween: Resurrection" (10:15 p.m., AMC). The eighth in the serial-killer movie franchise has dumb teenagers spending the night in Michael Myers' childhood home.
-- "Undercover Boss" (8 p.m., CBS). The CEO of Modell's Sporting Goods becomes one of the little people for a while as the fourth season kicks off for this reality series.
-- "Last Man Standing" (8 p.m., ABC). Tim Allen's sitcom is back for a second season as election talk adds mayhem to the household.
-- "Saturday Night Live" (11:30 p.m., NBC). Louie CK is host. The musical guest is Fun.