September 18, 1996 |
Even though Ray Romano has got his home turf written all over him, the Hollywood hotshots overseeing his new CBS sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" wanted to make him more, uh, "universal." Put him in some nebulous TV suburb somewhere. "Take the ethnic thing out of it," reports the Queens-born and -bred comedian in his trademark drone. "How can it not be New York?" he wonders in amazement. "You know? Just listen to me and look at me. How can you take me out of my element?"
April 7, 2006 |
Channeling one's quirks and neuroses into a stand-up comedy act or a thinly veiled autobiographical TV sitcom is one thing. Putting them front and center in a nonfiction movie is another. Which is possibly why "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Ray Romano resisted (correctly, methinks) the notion of longtime friend and opening act Tom Caltabiano to document their eight-day stand-up tour through Florida and Georgia. Packing a dutifully quiet film student with camera (Roger Lay Jr.
December 5, 2009 |
Having been recently subjected to FX's "The League," I approached TNT's new "Men of a Certain Age" with a fair amount of wariness. According to the press notes, the show "explores the unique bonds of male friendship," a description that could apply to Pinter or Steinbeck and yet so often these days seems to involve jokes about Viagra and genital grooming. With Ray Romano starring and producing, the term "vanity vehicle" also raised its ugly head. Was he, after being made rich and famous for " Everybody Loves Raymond," now going gritty, chasing Bryan Cranston, another former comedic dad who's now pulled down two Emmys for his work in "Breaking Bad"?
August 14, 2003 |
This week's scheduled production start on the eighth season premiere of CBS' hit "Everybody Loves Raymond" has been delayed until Monday following the illness of co-star Patricia Heaton and a contract dispute involving Brad Garrett. Heaton, who plays the wife of star Ray Romano, called in sick Monday and Tuesday, and producers decided to move production of the series until next Monday. A spokeswoman for Heaton said, "She's really under the weather and has been to a doctor."
November 12, 2005
Ray's back: CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond" is gone, but Ray Barone lives on. Ray Romano will reprise the character from his departed sitcom on "The King of Queens" in an episode airing Nov. 28, CBS said.
June 15, 1997 |
Ray Romano lives in Queens with his wife, 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old twin sons. His meddling parents live down the street. And his older brother, a police sergeant who touches his food to his chin before he eats it, lives with his parents. On his TV show, Romano's sportswriter character lives in New York with his wife, young daughter and twin sons. His wildly intrusive parents live across the street.