American sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, has been on and off the reboot table. After years of weighing things, Everybody Loves Raymond might be in the line-up for a reboot but with a new cast.
Classic sitcoms have been making a comeback in the form of reboots recently. Shows like Gilmore Girls, Will & Grace, and Roseanne have already made it to reboot-verse. Amidst all the frenzy, another classic American sitcom might be on its way of being revived. We are talking about Everybody Loves Raymond, that is in the loop of getting a reboot but with a different cast.
- Why everybody loves Raymond
- A reboot was not on the cards
- Expect a new cast
Why everybody loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond still carries its classic fame, even after fifteen years of its final season. The American sitcom demonstrated the little nuances of family life while giving it a cheeky humorous spin. The show had Ray Romano as a thriving sports journalist, who juggles his married life and dysfunctional pre-marital family, often to disappointing results.
Raymond’s typical day would involve dealing with a meddling mother, a jealous and unsuccessful brother, a father who eats out of his fridge, and a practical wife who never misses a thing. The show went on for nine seasons and won 15 Emmys during its tenure.
Everybody Loves Raymond had built a huge following for itself solely on its great comic timing and relatable content. A fan wrote on “Reddit”, “So I watched a few episodes during Everybody Loves Raymond’s original run, but was never mandatory watching at the time. Now that I’m older, married, and navigating the dynamic between parents, my spouse and grown siblings this show is extremely relevant, even though it’s a bit dated.” Another fan thought that the show could be turned into a movie.
“The movie could take place directly after the series finally, and it could be about Amy getting pregnant. The only obstacle is Frank and Marie. However, Raymond has a robust library of deleted scenes to take from and if they had to, we could use experimental face recreating CGI. Curious what others think of my idea!”
Movie or not, it would be interesting to have a reboot for Everybody Loves Raymond, even with a new cast.
A reboot was not on the cards
Initially, after the completion of the final season, there were no plans for the show to reboot. Two members of the main cast of Everybody Loves Raymond passed away, making the possibility of a reboot highly unlikely. Peter Boyle who played Ray’s father, Frank, passed away in 2006, while Doris Roberts who played Ray’s mother, passed away in 2016. Brad Garrett played Robert, the reel brother of Ray and told “TV Guide”,
“The bottom line is, so much of that show were the parents. There’s just no way that anyone — the writers or Ray or anyone or myself — could really see doing the show without them.”
He added, “The great thing about Ray is he wrapped up the show when they really felt they were out of episodes. And he did it in the prime and I don’t think he’d want to start that up again, nor really should he. He went out on top and it’s a great thing to be able to say.”
Patricia Heaton said something similar to “Us Weekly”, “I don’t think it’s possible now with Peter [Boyle] and Doris [Roberts] gone. It just wouldn’t be the same show.”
We agree that Everybody Loves Raymond would not be the same with Frank and Marie gone, but a reboot could still be worth a shot with a new cast.
Expect a reboot with a new cast
Creator Phil Rosenthal has not been very optimistic with the idea of an Everybody Loves Raymond reboot, even with a new cast. He told “Cinemablend”,
“I’ll never say never, but look, we lost three of our cast members, right? It’s never going to be the same again, it can’t be. If you love the show and love those characters, they’re still available, thankfully, in syndication. You can always visit your friends. . . . I think to try and recreate that (now), it’s like we don’t ask football players at 70 years old to go out on the field and let us tackle them again, right?”
He is, however, not opposed to the idea of a “reunion show” with the cast members for a reminiscing session.
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