After Raymond, will everybody love Robert?

Brad Garrett wasn't just being optimistic during the Primetime Emmy Awards telecast Sunday when he hinted at the possibility of an Everybody Loves Raymond spin-off coming together in the near future.

Negotiations for a Raymond spin-off revolving around Garrett's woebegone character, Robert Barone, his wife, and in-laws are said to have heated up at CBS during the past two weeks, sources said Monday.

Raymond wrapped its nine-season run in May but enjoyed a last hurrah Sunday when it beat out favorite Desperate Housewives for outstanding comedy series Emmy. Garrett also walked away from Sunday's awards with his third supporting-comedy-actor trophy for his work on the much-decorated sitcom.

"You know, we should try to be a little funny because there may be a spin-off," Garrett joked as the cast of Raymond gathered onstage at the Shrine Auditorium one last time to collect the comedy series statuette.

Talks for a Garrett spin-off have in fact been on-again, off-again for some time, but sources said the various camps involved had made significant progress on outstanding issues during the past week. Sources said there is a strong possibility that Raymond creator and executive producer Phil Rosenthal will come back on board as showrunner with a number of the scribes who worked alongside him on Raymond for years.

Sources said the cast members eyed for the spinoff include Raymond regular Monica Horan, who played Robert Barone's wife, Amy (and is Rosenthal's real-life wife); Fred Willard and Georgia Engel as her parents; and Chris Elliott as her brother.

A CBS spokesman confirmed Monday that the negotiations have had renewed momentum during the past few weeks, but he stressed that no formal agreement is in place.

Details of the advanced Raymond spin-off negotiations were first reported Monday on the New York Times Web site.

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Sep 26, 2005
Good god, just Let!It!Die! Please. Nobody loved Raymond. It wasn't sweet, it wasn't heartwarming, it wasn’t even funny, and the characters were absolutely horrible. The only good thing about the show getting a pity-Emmy for lasting so long is that they beat out those yelping idiots of Desperate Housewives. How about we let the bad sitcoms go quietly into the night without spawning unfunny spin-offs? So maybe there'd be room for GOOD shows? Could that be possible, maybe? Please?
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Sep 21, 2005
what a puffy bag of barf that show was.
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Sep 21, 2005
People like Joey on Friends, but hate Robert on his show.
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Sep 21, 2005
i stoped watching after 10 eps cos eveyone stared doing the same things and i got borad of the show? but i dont think that they should keep it going just leave it as it is ENDED!
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Sep 21, 2005
Don't hold out hope on this show everyone.
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Sep 20, 2005
Besides, whats to say the old characters won't turn up in this. They've appeared in The King of Queens, and they're much more likely to come up in this a few times!
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Sep 20, 2005
Nah, I think a show about Roberts problems with his in laws could be just as funny (considering it'll have the same writers);)
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Sep 20, 2005
be the end.
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Sep 20, 2005
this show will not make it.. it needs some of the marie-debra chemistry... which it doesn't have. please, let Everybody Loves Raymond!
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Sep 20, 2005
How can it possibly work if suddenly Robert, his wife, and in laws are all around but Ray, Debra, Marie and Frank are not? How can you possible imagine Robert living without Marie hanging over his head every minute? Would not be believable for the character.
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Sep 20, 2005
Can anyone say "Joey"?
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Sep 20, 2005
bad idea
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