'Everybody Loves Raymond' producer: Has media inflamed Charlie Sheen situation?


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Phil Rosenthal still thanks his lucky stars for one heckuva run on CBS: He was blessed with a “great group of people” when he executive produced Everybody Loves Raymond, the most-watched comedy of its time. So he’s grateful he’s not in Chuck Lorre’s situation — having to decide whether to carry on with TV’s No. 1 comedy without Charlie Sheen.

But Rosenthal does have something to say about the scandal surrounding the controversial star. “I don’t know all the details of the situation well enough,” cautions Rosenthal, while attending the premiere of Exporting Raymond, his documentary that’s out April 29. “I do know that the media and the audience they are trying to attract is the equivalent of a group of people standing at the base of the building yelling up at a guy to jump.  That’s all I want to say about that.”

Fortunately, Rosenthal has no plans to stay out of TV now that he’s completed his documentary about a Russian broadcaster that adapted Raymond for audiences there. “I do have ideas to get back into television,” the uber-producer hints. “I am working on an animated presentation. That would be for a series and it is animation for adults, not children. I am working on two screenplays that are fictional that I would like to eventually direct and I have a few show ideas rolling around in my melon. I even have a show idea specifically targeted at England. I’m even thinking about a Broadway show.”

Check out the trailer for Exporting Raymond, which chronicles Rosenthal’s too-funny-to-be-real-but-it-was trip to Russia, where he ran into “comedy executives” who thought his Emmy-winning laugher was anything but. If anything, it’ll make you miss the Barones.

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Comments (34 total) Add your comment
  • LOL

    Free Charlie! Free Lindsay! Free Sarah Lane!

    • Jackson

      I’ll take free Sarah Lane, but you’d have to pay me to take Charlie and Lindsay off your hands.

    • andy

      free three whining narcissists from accountability for their own actions/statements? thats called “enabling”

  • MultiPass

    After Empty Nest, Everybody Loves Raymond was my grandmother’s favorite show

    • katie

      Everybody Loves Raymond was everyone’s grandmother’s favorite show. Haha

      • lulu

        not my grandmother – her favorite comedy is Two and A Half Men!

      • Alex

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    • me

      That made me laugh, thank you.

  • Mr. Holloway

    No mention of his already-filmed role in “Take My Hand”?

    Text to vote.

    • Katja

      LOL that’s the first thing I thought of.

      • Wha’ever

        Me too !!

  • Vince

    The media is only reporting the story
    Charlie’s the one who making a fool of himself period

    • Lucy

      Yeah in your world medias are so innocent…BOUAHAHAHAHA stay with in your dumb dimension..
      The medias are disgusting and it is nothing new.
      p.s: i would prefer to die than live in your world Vince. I pity you man.
      and by the way Charlie Sheen make far less a fool of himself than the medias make of a fool of YOURSELF ! lol.

      • JoMarch

        There are no “medias”. The singular is “medium” and the plural is “media”. And, yes, grammar does count so that we can figure out what the heck you’re talking about. Actually, I wonder if YOU know what the heck you’re talking about. Stop smoking the pipe and clear your head.

      • Razor

        Lucy has garnered such insight into poor Vince’s sad little world, and in just two sentences. That’s an awesome power, Lucy. Use it responsibly.

      • andy

        Lucy perhaps you should learn English before trying to sound clever

  • JPX

    That’s not much of an article at all.

  • Brian

    uh, duh!

    • Noorpipi

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  • Clete

    Read Phil Rosenthal’s book. It cost eighty-four cents in a discard file. It was a waste of eighty-four cents. Like the article a waste of time.

  • Redvector

    Raymond was a massively overrated show that stayed on past it’s expiration date.

    • Jeff


  • Jimmy

    “I don’t know all the details of the situation well enough….”

    Then why did he comment? Hey, Hollywood, stop making excuses for the alcoholic drug addict who held a knife to his wife’s throat.

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  • Brett

    Let’s get a few other guys who had hits on TV once upon a time to chime in, if they’re still alive.

  • Kate

    How old are you all? By your comments I’m going to guess about 12. The show wasn’t on that long ago. It’s not as old as “I Love Lucy”. Just because it’s a show about older people and ended several years ago doesn’t mean it was a bad show. It had great acting and great writing. Anything over 2 years old is not a bad show. Grow up, please. Come back when you’re a grown up and can make intelligent comments.

    • Right?

      I love how some people think a show/movie/band/etc is only relevant if it’s from their generation.

      • Sinchy

        I love how some people think entertainment (tv, movies, bands, etc.) is relevant to anything in real life. It’s ridiculous how hyped up everyone gets over these stupid shows, actors, etc. that don’t mean anything.

  • MYK

    I’m curious, of the myriad of articles EW has put us through regarding Mr. Sheen, why is that no one brought up the fact that Chuck Lorre has had problems with the stars of just about every show he’s touched? Whether it’s driving his stars to drink [or drugs] (Barr, Butler) or hiring a star with an historied past and present (Sheen), he seems to have a penchant for killing his children, as it were… to the point where was forced out of both Roseanne and Grace Under Fire. Sure, the stars bare a lot of the blame, but Mr. Lorre seems to be the common denominator when things go south.

    • 4theniteowl

      Brett Butler had a substance abuse problem which cost her her show, not to mention screaming at everyone on set, definitely not Lorre’s fault and Roseann grew to be an insufferable b*tch when she hooked up with Tom Arnold.

      • MYK

        Like it or not, Chuck Lorre either has really bad luck in picking the actors to helm his vehicles, or has a way of turning them against themselves. In either case, he is inciting the behavior or turning a blind eye to the early signals. It’s nowhere near all his fault, but 3 times?! Makes one wonder how he runs his ship…

  • Earl

    If my grandmother told me her favorite show was Two And A Half Men, I’d think she had got senile. And was still alive.

  • Malcom

    ELR was a fantastic show. It had great writing and actors all around. While I still miss the show, 9 years was enough. I’d like to see Rosenthal do another sitcom, but it’s hard to top a show like ELR so I can see why he’d probably go in a different direction. Maybe one day.

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