Peter Boyle, who portrayed Ray Romano's father on the CBS hit
Everybody Loves Raymond, died Tuesday night at New York Presbyterian Hospital at age 71. He had been suffering from multiple myeloma and heart disease.
Boyle grew up in Philadelphia and attended Roman Catholic schools as a child, eventually entering into a monastery. After several years, he left and went on the road with legendary acting teacher Uta Hagen. He stopped in Chicago to study with the improv group Second City. Eventually, Boyle began getting parts in commericals and on TV shows in New York.
Joe, the 1970 film in which Boyle played an angry bigot who seethed with murderous rage against hippies, put the actor on the map.
"The film, largely due to his performance, became a sleeper hit," film critic Leonard Maltin said today. "And he just took off overnight."
Mel Brooks' 1974 film Young Frankenstein catapulted ...Read more
Yesterday was a good day for middle-aged television personalities to return to their posts. In the morning, veteran daytime chatter Kathie Lee Gifford of Live With Regis & Kathie Lee fame revealed that she would go back to doing the morning shift, this time for The Today Show.
Later that same day, news broke that another familiar face half a century old would be coming back to television. Ray Romano, star of the popular dysfunctional-family comedy Everybody Loves Raymond, is set to star in a new pilot for TNT, according to Variety.
Titled Men of a Certain Age, the comedy-drama hybrid will focus on a group of older dudes each dealing with expanding waistlines, more birthday candles, and fading glory. Romano will star as a one-time aspiring pro golfer who hangs out with two friends he's known since college, a used-car dealer and an actor.
The pilot was written by ...Read more
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.
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Everybody Loves Raymond, the long-running CBS sitcom based on comedian Ray Romano's stand-up comedy, has been purchased for syndication by TBS. The cable network paid a fee of $650,000 per episode for the nine-season comedy. TBS will have rerun rights to Raymond through 2016.
Over the course of it's nine-year run, Raymond garnered multiple emmy awards and was consistently rated in the top ten shows.
In 1998, TBS set a syndication sales record when it paid $1 million dollars per episode for the "show about nothing," Seinfeld. Then again, the '90s were crazy, dawg.
The much- loved yet low-rated Fox sitcom, Arrested Development, spouts its last caustic double entendre tonight with four back-to-back half-hour episodes. The critically acclaimed, multiple-Emmy-winning show has languished on the Fox schedule for three seasons.
Arrested Development recounted the saucy misadventures of the Bluth family, led by miscreant patriarch George (Jeffrey Tambor) and held together by the do-gooder son Michael (Jason Bateman). The show's combination of fast-paced, clever dialogue, wacky storylines, and absurd guest stars--like a junk-food-loving Carl Weathers--never connected with audiences who wanted more traditional sitcoms like Everybody Loves Raymond.
While the show gained critical praise and a small devoted fan base, as well as several Emmy wins, it never attained good ratings. In November 2005, Fox took the show off the schedule (along with low-rated freshman Kitchen Confidential) and replaced it with reruns of Nanny 911. In January, Fox began airing Skating with Celebrities in Arrested Development ...Read more
Without further ado, here are the winners for the television categories – were your favorites chosen?
Favorite Male TV Star – Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond
Favorite Daytime Talk Show Host – Ellen DeGeneres, The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Favorite Reality Show Competition - American Idol
Favorite Female TV Star - Jennifer Garner, Alias
Favorite TV Comedy - Everybody Loves Raymond
Favorite TV Drama - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host – Jay Leno, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Favorite Reality Show - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Favorite New TV Comedy - My Name is Earl
Favorite New TV Drama - Prison Break
Everybody Loves Raymond revolves around Ray Barone, a successful sportswriter living on Long Island with his wife, Debra, daughter, Ally, and twin sons, Geoffrey and Michael. That's the good news. The bad news? Ray's meddling parents, Frank and Marie, live directly across the street and embrace the motto "Su casa es mi casa," infiltrating their son's home to an extent unparalleled in television history. Frank's favorite expression, "Holy Crap," is shouted at regular intervals, and Marie's "cooking advice" is less than appreciated by Debra. Brother Robert, a divorced policeman, is constantly moving in and out of his parents' house, and loves to drop over and resent Ray's successful career and happy family life. Ray and Debra just wish someone would knock once in awhile. The series won 15 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Patricia Heaton, Outstanding Multi-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series or a Special - Italy-1-2, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Doris Roberts, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Patricia Heaton, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Brad Garrett, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Ray Romano, Outstanding Multi-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series or Special - She's the One, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Brad Garrett, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - Baggage, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Doris Roberts, Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Brad Garrett, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Doris Roberts and Outstanding Comedy Series.