Nostalgia alert! The whiny Raymond is returning to television together with his cast members from “Everybody Loves Raymond” for the first time since the show went off air 10 years ago.
Actor Ray Romano confirmed to ET very recently that the cast reunion is already “in the works right now” in celebration of the show’s 20th anniversary. How exciting!
The internet was both thrilled and quickly saddened upon hearing the news of a possible F.R.I.E.N.D.S reunion happening. Many of us had our fingers crossed at the prospect of seeing Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Ross, Joey and Chandler together again. Imagine our disappointment when Matthew Perry revealed that he won’t be able to appear in person for the reunion.
Fortunately, couch potatoes have another reunion to look forward to.
“Everybody Loves Raymond” was a family comedy about a sports writer named Ray (Romano) who had to deal with a jealous brother, the gruff father, and his domineering mother who loves to meddle with his life.
Ray and his wife Debra (played by Patricia Heaton) also had 3 children in the popular sitcom – daughter Ally (played by Madylin Sweeten), and twin boys (played by Madylin’s real-life younger brothers, Sawyer and Sullivan).
Sadly though, not all the key members “Everybody Loves Raymond” will be present for the reunion. Sawyer Sweeten, who played one of the twin boys Geoffrey Barrone, committed suicide last April.
Another key cast member who is also missing from the picture is Peter Boyle. Boyle, who played Raymond’s father on the show, passed away in 2006 at the age of 71 after suffering from multiple myeloma and heart disease.
When asked why has “Everybody Loves Raymond” been able to garner so many loyal fans throughout the series’ run, Romano jokingly answered, “Cause I’m not naked in it?”
He later added that the show’s success was due to the relatable stories and honesty in its characters. “I’m amazed. It seems to be just a common denominator that no matter where you’re from, how you’re brought up or your religion or beliefs, family is universal,” said Romano.
The show originally aired in September 1996 and ran for 9 years, until May 2005. But more importantly, who’s looking forward to the reunion? 🙂