Do you miss Everybody Loves Raymond? Apparently, series creator Philip Rosenthal once pitched a spin-off to the long-running CBS sitcom, Variety reports.
The family comedy premiered in 1996 and ran for nine seasons before ending in 2005. The cast included Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, and Brad Garrett.
At this week’s ATX Television Festival, Rosenthal said he pitched an Everybody Loves Raymond spin-off about Robert (Garrett) and his wife, Amy (Monica Horan):
From the moment we introduced Amy’s family … that first table read when we met them, I think in Season 7, I went from the table read to the phone to talk to Les Moonves at CBS. And then after the show was over, some of the writers and I thought this is an obvious idea — very simply, the brother now moves to Pennsylvania and he gets a job as the gym teacher, now living with her family, under the condition that has Chris Elliot as his assistant.”
He added that the spin-off was only offered a pilot, and CBS eventually decided on a show with a younger cast:
I said, ‘Les, we need a guarantee because all these writers are getting these deals. They can’t just chuck this money to do a pilot.’ They said, ‘We won’t give you more than that. They did give 13 episodes to a cast that was under 30 — they were all in their 20s. This cast, everyone was over 40. So that’s what happened to that spinoff.”
What do you think? Did you watch Everybody Loves Raymond? Would you have watched the Robert spin-off?