Picks and Pans Review: Ralph Emery on the Record with Reba

updated 06/20/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/20/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

TNN (Wed., June 15, 8 p.m. ET)

B+

Country's king of the couch returns in his first interview special since hanging up his Nashville Now microphone last fall.

Reba, with a new autobiography to plug, is in a forthcoming mood and Emery gets the entire McStory: her modest start in showbiz, the correct method for preparing the cowboy delicacy Rocky Mountain oysters, the breakup of her first marriage to Charlie Battles, and Reba's reaction to the criticism she received for appearing on the cover of this magazine days after seven of her band members died in a plane crash.

It's an anecdote-intensive hour. Reba, for example, tells of how years ago, whenever the family went to the rodeo to watch her father compete at steer roping, her mother strictly observed one superstition: She wouldn't let the McEntire clan sit by anybody who was eating peanuts.

No frills, nothing fancy. Just goes to show what happens when you put a good interviewer together with an interesting person.

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