Could Reba McEntire’s Longtime Boyfriend, Rex Linn Make An Appearance In A Future ‘Reba’ Reboot?

“We can write something in for him. The gardener?” she joked.


Madeleine O’Connell

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August 29, 2022


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Melissa Peterman, Reba, Rex Linn; Photo via Facebook

Reba McEntire teased that if her 2000’s sitcom, Reba, is revived in the future, her longtime boyfriend Rex Linn could play an important new role.

The show, which ran for six seasons, has always held a special place in McEntire’s heart, which is why she has been making a strong effort to bring it back.

“We’ve really been trying to do a reboot of the Reba show,” she explained in an interview with the  Bobby Bones Show. “I really want to work with the people that I got to work with during that six-and-a-half years.”

While confirmation of the show is still pending, she and Rex are ready with some fresh ideas to get the ball rolling.

“We can write something in for him. The gardener?” She joked in a recent interview with Dateline.

Rex responded, “I’m a good gardener. I can play the gardener who is always outside and out of focus while Reba’s talking—every episode.”

Reba McEntire, Rex Linn; Photo via Instagram
Reba McEntire, Rex Linn; Photo via Instagram

Unfortunately, between all her other acting projects and upcoming tour, the “Does He Love You” singer will have to keep any plans for the reboot on the back burner for now.

If the show does make its way back to the screen, it won’t be the first time the lovebirds have worked together on set. Most recently, they were cast as co-stars in the Lifetime film, The Hammer, and the upcoming season of ABC’s Big Sky.

McEntire will also reunite with her good friend and former Reba cast member, Melissa Peterman in The Hammer. The movie, set to premiere in 2023, was inspired by the life of traveling circuit judge, Kim Wanker. The country singer will play Kim Wheeler, “an outspoken, firecracker lawyer who is appointed Judge of the 5th District of Nevada,” and Rex will play “a mysterious cowboy with unknown motives.”

In September, the real-life couple will reunite on screen for the airing of Big Sky, in which Rex takes on the role of Buck Barnes, husband of McEntire’s character, Sunny.

“We’re having a blast,” McEntire told Deadline. “We’re still in the middle of shooting. We were on set last night [Aug. 11] and there was a full moon. I think we broke around 12:54 a.m. MT. It was a long night but so beautiful. We are really loving it.”

McEntire’s acting resume extends far beyond these projects and her very own sitcom. She later made appearances in Malibu Country, Baby Daddy, and Last Man Standing, and popular movies such as Tremors and The Little Rascals. Her strong vocals were put to use in a new way when she voiced characters for Charlotte’s Web, The Land Before Time XIV, PJ Masks, and more.

In addition to supporting McEntire in her singing and acting career, Rex has his own repertoire in the television and film industry. He is known for roles in shows such as Better Call Saul, CSI: Miami and JAG. Plus, he also stars in Young Sheldon, a CBS comedy in which Reba has made two guest appearances.

Reba will embark on a 17-city run beginning October 13 in Lafayette, LA. Dubbed Reba: Live In Concert, the tour will feature special guest Terri Clark on all shows. 

“I can’t wait to see everyone out on the road again this fall,” said Reba. “We had so much fun in the spring and I’m ready to get back out there with my buddy Terri Clark!” 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.