DESPERATE RAYMOND STARS REUNITE
BRAD GARRETT is hoping to make TV magic again with his new sitcom – and he’s signed up his former “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Ray Romano to make sure this show fares better than his last attempt.
The three-time Emmy winner recently inked a deal with ABC to film a pilot episode of “When the Balls Drop,” based on his soon-to-be-published autobiography of the same name.
But since his last TV venture, “How To Live With Your Parents,” flopped, Brad asked Ray for a helping hand.
“Brad wants to roar back into prime time and score a huge hit, so he’s pulling out the big guns – namely, Ray,” said a source. “ABC laid out a big chunk of money on Brad, and even though he’s a well-established star, they suggested he use his connections to bring in other big comedy names for guest spots.
“After bombing in his last outing, Brad felt insecure. So he called Ray to bat around story ideas, and that’s when Ray offered to appear on the show.”
Brad’s new sitcom follows the struggles of a divorced, middle-aged man trying to balance home life and work. Ray will likely appear in four episodes, playing a troublemaking pal who causes chaos in Brad’s life.
Since the two teamed up in the hit CBS comedy “Everybody Loves Raymond” from 1996 to 2005, Ray has most recently been starring on NBC’s critically acclaimed drama “Parenthood.”
“Both agree that they make comedy gold together,” the source added. “And after Brad helped to make Ray’s show into a huge hit, Ray is only too happy to return the favor.”