Ray Romano, the star of the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond”, has recently stated that he is not interested in doing a reunion series of the show. He said that he does not want to ruin the legacy of the show, which ended in 2005 after nine seasons. He also expressed his respect and love for the cast and crew, especially for the late Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts, who played his parents on the show. Romano said that he is open to working with his former co-stars again, but not in a revival of “Everybody Loves Raymond”.
The History of “Everybody Loves Raymond”
“Everybody Loves Raymond” was a comedy series that aired on CBS from 1996 to 2005. It followed the life of Ray Barone, a sportswriter and a family man, who had to deal with his meddling parents and his jealous brother, who lived across the street from him. The show also featured his wife Debra, and their three children. The show was based on Romano’s own experiences as a stand-up comedian and a father. The show was created by Phil Rosenthal, who also served as the executive producer and the showrunner.
The show was a critical and commercial success, winning 15 Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards. It was also one of the most-watched shows on television, ranking among the top 10 shows for seven seasons. The show was syndicated in over 200 countries and spawned several international adaptations, such as “Everybody Loves Kostya” in Russia, and “Raymond e Família” in Brazil.
Ray Romano’s Stance on a Reunion Series
In a recent interview with Variety, Romano revealed that he is not keen on doing a reunion series of “Everybody Loves Raymond”. He said that he thinks that the show ended on a high note and that he does not want to tarnish the memory of the show. He said that he is proud of the show and that he does not want to risk disappointing the fans or himself.
He also said that he misses working with the cast and crew, especially Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts, who passed away in 2006 and 2016, respectively. He said that they were like family to him and that he does not think that the show would be the same without them. He said that he still keeps in touch with his former co-stars, such as Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, and Monica Horan, and that he considers them as his friends.
Romano said that he is not opposed to collaborating with his former colleagues again, but not in a reboot of “Everybody Loves Raymond”. He said that he would love to do a different project with them, such as a movie or a new show. He said that he is always looking for new opportunities and challenges and that he enjoys working with talented and funny people.
The Impact of “Everybody Loves Raymond”
“Everybody Loves Raymond” is widely regarded as one of the best sitcoms of all time. It is praised for its realistic and relatable portrayal of family dynamics, its witty and sharp dialogue, its memorable characters, and its hilarious situations. The show is also credited for launching the careers of Romano and his co-stars, who went on to star in other successful projects, such as “The Middle”, “Ice Age”, “The Big Sick”, and “The Irishman”.
The show also had a significant cultural impact, as it resonated with audiences from different backgrounds and generations. The show explored universal themes, such as marriage, parenting, sibling rivalry, aging, and communication. The show also reflected the diversity of American society, as it featured characters from different ethnicities, religions, and professions. The show also influenced the style and format of other comedy shows, such as “Modern Family”, “The Office”, and “The Goldbergs”.
“Everybody Loves Raymond” is a classic example of a sitcom that has stood the test of time, and that has entertained and inspired millions of viewers around the world. Ray Romano’s decision to reject a reunion series is a testament to his respect and appreciation for the show, and his desire to preserve its legacy. While fans may be disappointed by his choice, they can still enjoy the reruns and the memories of the show, and look forward to his future projects.