Raymond's Patricia Heaton gets pilot

By Tim Surette

Nov 19, 2008

It wasn't a matter of whether Patricia Heaton would be returning to television; it was a matter of when and which studio would be lucky enough to have one of traditional sitcoms' leading ladies starring in one of their shows. ABC has given the green light to shoot the pilot for the The Middle, a new vehicle for Heaton.

Heaton, of course, is best known as the sensible Debra to Ray Romano's goofy title character in Everybody Loves Raymond. The 50-year-old actress (editor's note: 50!?!?) was last seen on Fox's Back to You with Kelsey Grammer, but the newsroom sitcom was canceled before airing an entire season.

The two-time Emmy-winning Heaton won't have to stray too far from her sitcom roots for The Middle. The comedy stars Heaton as a mom in a Midwestern middle-class family.

Where does Patricia Heaton rank on your list of television moms?

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  • Maverick405 May 29, 2009

    I enjoyed Back to You and she still looks great for 50!

  • ecgirl08 Jan 26, 2009

    The success of Everybody Loves Raymond is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and I think that actors who are involved in shows like that make a mistake when they try to repeat that success. I do truly hope that her new show does well. She is a good actress, and it sounds like a plot that a lot of people would be interested in seeing. Still, it would be kind of silly to expect it to top Raymond.

  • BeachfrontGlass Nov 20, 2008

    50 may be the new 30, but every guy out there still prefers 22...

  • huntercal Nov 20, 2008

    Well I can only hope things work out better for than Back to You did.

  • LAURAMARIE63 Nov 20, 2008

    I hope it works out for her. 50 - wow, sure don't look like it.

  • hrgaffney Nov 20, 2008

    Hope this one works out the comedies put out recently have been pretty poor.

  • Enthropii Nov 20, 2008

    50?! Isn't she too hot to be that old?

  • Jamin_Jamin Nov 20, 2008

    cool,interesting,I miss ray

  • jxsilicon9 Nov 20, 2008

    That show sounds horrible. Mom in a Midwestern middle-class family. If I wanted to see that I would go to Idaho. Her ELR fame is up,so this show will go the same way Back To You did. And that show had Kelsey Grammer.

  • kravitzfan12 Nov 20, 2008

    I'm so happy Patty signed on to do this pilot! I was hoping that she would. I hope ABC will give it the time of day to develop. Although I'm happy for her and the show, I'm disappointed it's at the expense of the brilliant but canceled show Back To You.

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