Fans have been asking for years for a Reba reboot, and the excitement doesn’t seem to be going away. Reba McEntire, who played the lead in the show, has been pushing for a reunion, but she has also said that scheduling conflicts are why it has yet to happen. (There have, however, been a few small Reba reunions over the years.)
As McEntire keeps thinking about the possibility of a follow-up to the popular sitcom, another actor from the show has discussed the possibility of getting back together with her to visit the Hart family again.
Most people know Steve Howey as Kevin Ball from the Emmy-nominated drama Shameless, but before that, he was Reba’s goofy football star son-in-law Van Montgomery on the WB/CW sitcom. Even though he has changed a lot since the series, Howey is still asked if he would play Van again in a reboot.
While promoting his new CBS show, True Lies, that can be watched from anywhere outside the US, he was asked by ET if he would be interested in reuniting with Reba McEntire for a revival.
Steve said, “Yeah, I mean, I don’t even know because when I played Van on that show, I was in my early 20s. And to see where Van is now and where the family is, I mean I would do anything.
It’s nice to know that the connection people saw between their on-screen characters has spread to their real-life friendship. During the same interview, he said Big Sky’s lead actor was “an amazing mentor.”
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Steve Howey has shown he is a versatile actor, but fans will probably always consider him the goofy Van. The actor, now 45, played the part throughout all six show seasons. It’s interesting to think about where Van would be in his life all these years later.
In the show’s last episode, Van and Reba’s daughter, Cheyenne, moved back in with Mrs. Hart after a small fire. No one knows if the couple and their kids still live with Reba or if they have moved out and are doing well as a family. Most likely the second one, but a revival could throw a curveball.
The show was a hit with audiences and ran for six seasons, earning critical acclaim and a loyal fan base. McEntire, who had already made a name for herself as a country superstar, was a natural on-screen and earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance.
Even if Steve Howey and Reba McEntire don’t do another sitcom together, it seems like the former wouldn’t mind working with Reba in some other capacity. Howey told people he had offered to make a nice reference to their show at one of McEntire’s concert performances.
He said he had suggested joining her on stage and calling her “Mrs. H” before she sang the famous theme song for the show, “I’m a Survivor.” But the singer said she didn’t “have time” to do it and turned down the idea. Let’s hope that if things go well, she’ll call Howey and ask if he’s willing to play Van again.
Of course, fans of the show immediately started speculating about what a Reba revival might look like. Would it pick up where the original show left off, with McEntire’s character navigating life as a single mother and successful singer? Or would it take a new direction with a new set of challenges and adventures?
Catch up with all the previous seasons of Reba with a Hulu subscription while waiting for the official news about the reboot. For those who cannot access Hulu due to geo-restrictions, here’s how to watch Reba on Hulu outside the USA.