Bill Engvall, who recently hosted the CMT Music Awards, tells us the biggest shock was discovering how many country singers are tuning into his TBS sitcom. “I was amazed at how many of the country stars came up to me and said, ‘Hey, man! I just wanted you to know our family watches your show and we love it,'” says Engvall of his self-titled series, which returns July 18 for a third season.
For an industry that is big on family values, Engvall feels it’s a good fit. “I think what sets us apart is the fact that we don’t delve into the gutter. What drives me crazy is when I see a show that has so much potential and then there’s potty humor and smart-ass kids. I just don’t think that’s real,” he notes. “There’s a lot out there that can make you laugh that isn’t dirty.”
Luckily for the fans, Engvall claims this season will be one of their best. “Last year was fun and I didn’t know if we could top it, but we did. The writers really stepped up this year. I think the show is funnier. I love that in the first episode we deal with what’s going on in the economy in that the family is affected by tighter money issues,” says Engvall, who also uses personal experiences from his own family for storylines. “I don’t mind doing that because that’s one of the reasons for my success in stand-up comedy. I keep my stuff very relatable. I think it’s important that I keep my finger on the pulse of the show because in the end it’s my name on the show.” And what a good feeling that is! “Every day I sit outside of my dressing room and I look over at this big stage door that says “The Bill Engvall Show,” and I hope that never gets old.”