Archive for the ‘"Everybody Loves Raymond"’ Category

Comedian Brad Garrett on “Raymond,” “Ratatouille,” and Robert Barone

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

He’s best known for playing “Robert Barone” on CBS’ Everybody Loves Raymond, but he’s also a prolific voiceover artist (he’s “Gusteau” in Ratatouille!), and co-star of another successful sitcom, ‘Til Death, with Joely Fisher. Brad Garrett sat down with us in 2007 for quite an entertaining interview. (Be prepared for lots of jokes and silly side conversations with those off-camera!)

Garrett on winning the role of “Robert Barone:”

Watch Brad Garrett’s full Archive interview.

About this interview:

In his two-hour Archive interview, Brad Garrett discusses his early comedy influences and breaking into stand-up comedy as a teenager. He talks about his first appearance on television on Norm Crosby’s Comedy Shop and his contest-winning turn on Star Search. He describes two short-lived sitcoms on which he appeared before landing the role for which he is most known, that of “Robert Barone” on Everybody Loves Raymond. He speaks in detail about the show’s nine season run — describing his character, commenting on the ensemble cast and series creator Phil Rosenthal, and recalling favorite episodes. Garrett also discusses his next sitcom success, playing twenty-years-married “Eddie Stark” on ‘ Til Death — a series on which he was also a producer. He speaks of playing comic icon Jackie Gleason in the 2002 made-for-television movie Gleason, and touches on then-current projects including voicing “Gusteau” in Pixar’s Ratatouille. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview in Malibu, CA on April 26, 2007.

Phil Rosenthal Talks “Everybody Loves Raymond” and the Craft of Writing

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Phil Rosenthal wanted to be an actor.  He and several friends in New York wrote a show called “Tony and Tina’s Wedding”, in which he acted, and an agent saw his work and told him to come to LA to pursue acting. Rosenthal did, and instead wound up meeting up with high school friend Alan Kirschenbaum, writing a screenplay, and falling in love with writing.

A self-described TV addict, Rosenthal grew up watching The Honeymooners, Your Show of Shows, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and All in the Family. He discusses how the TV shows he liked as a kid shaped his sensibilities as a writer and helped to teach him structure:

After several years as a staff writer with writing partner Oliver Goldstick on A Family for Joe, Baby Talk, Down the Shore, and Coach, Rosenthal branched out on his own and created the popular sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. In the following clip, he shares how he came up with the show’s title:

Everybody Loves Raymond ran for nine years on CBS, and lives on in syndication. Below Rosenthal describes his vision for what the series finale would be:

To learn more about Phil Rosenthal, and to see his tips for sitcom writing, watch his full interview here.

Everybody Loves Patricia Heaton

Monday, January 9th, 2012

With her success on Everybody Loves Raymond and now The Middle, Patricia Heaton is a household name. But that wasn’t always so. Heaton spent years as a struggling actress in New York and Los Angeles, doing bit parts and odd jobs to make a living. Her first appearance on a television show was on 1989’s Alien Nation; her first recurring role was on the critically acclaimed dramedy, thirtysomething, and her first starring role was on the short-lived 1992-3 series, Room For Two, opposite Linda Lavin. Several more years passed before she won the role of “Debra Barone” on Everybody Loves Raymond.

In her Archive Interview, Heaton describes her audition for Everybody Loves Raymond:

She speaks of her Everybody Loves Raymond family:

And discusses the show’s finale:

Watch Patricia Heaton’s interview here.

About this interview:

Patricia Heaton was interviewed for nearly two hours in Burbank, CA. Heaton talks of growing up a “daydreamer” in Cleveland and enjoying the attention she got as the daughter of Chuck Heaton, a well-known local sportswriter.  She describes her early years as a struggling actress in New York City and Los Angeles, picking up small roles in commercials and television series.  She discusses her recurring role in the hit dramedy series thirtysomething and her co-starring roles in the short-lived series Room for Two (opposite Linda Lavin, who mentored her) and Women of the House. Heaton then details the role and series for which she is best known, “Debra Barone” on Everybody Loves Raymond. She chronicles her work on the series from her audition, to shooting the series finale (which was delayed when she contracted laryngitis).  She describes the series’ shooting schedule, working with series’ directors Gary Halvorson and Will MacKenzie, and how her real-life pregnancies were covered up on the show. She also notes some of the moments of the show that garnered the biggest laughs, including: Debra’s desperate attempts to get a turkey in the oven, Raymond trying lift Debra onto the refrigerator in a moment of glee and slamming her into it, and Debra dropping ice cream on Raymond’s lap (eliciting a “minute and a half laugh”).  Lastly, she touches on her appearances as spokesperson for Albertsons grocery stores and on some of her post-Raymond television movies. Karen Herman conducted the interview on October 23, 2006.

Katherine Helmond to appear on “True Blood”

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Archive Interviewee Katherine Helmond is schedule to return to the small screen as “Caroline Bellefleur” on the HBO series True Blood. Ms. Helmond is of course, well-known to our followers as “Jessica Tate” on Soap and “Mona” on Who’s the Boss as well as her numerous roles on Everybody Loves Raymond, Coach, and most recently, Melissa & Joey.
In this video excerpt from her two-hour Archive interview, she talks about why she believes it was important that Soap was written by a woman:

You can view Katherine Helmond’s entire interview online here.

For more about this news story, you can visit the Hollywood Reporter.

Robert Culp’s Interview is Now Online

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Iconic actor Robert Culp’s Archive interview is now available online! For I,Spy fans, here’s a short segment from his interview:

Click here to watch the entire 3-hour interview.

Full Interview Description:
Robert Culp was interviewed for three hours in Los Angeles, CA. Culp talks about his childhood interests and how he aspired to be an animator for Disney when he grew up. He talks about his acting training and his move to New York City. He explains how he was able to get work in television as an indirect result of the Hollywood Blacklist: since he was a newcomer. He discusseshis early experiences in Los Angeles as a struggling actor and describes his first role as a series regular on the series Trackdown, which he calls a “western Dragnet.” He describes some of the roles he had in a variety of the popular TV genres of the day— western, detective, medical, sci-fi— including his memorable parts on the classic sci-fi anthology The Outer Limits. He then speaks in great detail about the role and the series for which he is most closely associated: “Kelly Robinson” on I, Spy. For this series he talks about the on-location shooting, working with co-star Bill Cosby (and the controversial casting of an African-American lead), and talks about some of the series’ episodes that he wrote as well as acted in. He then discusses two other series for which he memorably appeared: The Greatest American Hero and Everybody Loves Raymond. The interview was conducted by Stephen J. Abramson on November 6, 2007.

MSN Entertainment Celebrates 60 Years Of Emmy

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

MSN and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences are presenting classic clips from 60 years of the Primetime Emmy Awards. Additionally, Emmy winners who have been interviewed by the Archive of American Television share their stories about their Emmy-winning work and their experiences on Emmy night.

Click here to access dozens of clips posted on MSN.

Below are three of the video pieces: Doris Roberts discusses her work on Everybody Loves Raymond and her Emmy acceptance speeches, Joseph Barbera talks about pitching Huckleberry Hound and what winning the Emmy meant to him, and Tim Conway & Harvey Korman talk about their work together and comedic Emmy appearances.

Emmy Archive: Doris Roberts
Emmy Archive: Doris Roberts

Emmy Archive: Joseph Barbera
Emmy Archive: Joseph Barbera

Emmy Archive: 'The Carol Burnett Show'
Emmy Archive: 'The Carol Burnett Show'

Archive’s interview with Patricia Heaton featured in Emmy magazine

Monday, December 17th, 2007

The latest issue of Emmy magazine (Issue No. 6, 2007, with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’s Mariska Hargitay on the cover) includes selections from our Archive of American Television interview with actress Patricia Heaton, star of Everybody Loves Raymond and the current hit series Back to You. Heaton was interviewed in October, 2006. The interview is not online, but can be viewed at the Archive’s headquarters in North Hollywood, CA.

Here are some excerpts from the article:

Q: What was your first professional job?
A: It was a commercial for Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Jason Alexander was in it. I was a waitress serving beer. I was moving through the bar with the cameras following me, just serving people — all happy, young people having a good time. I made a lot of money because they ran it during the Olympics.

Q: What was your first television work in Los Angeles?
A: My strategy was not to try to get an agent, but rather to get casting people to see me. Casting people can hire you whether you have an agent or not. So I got a lot of casting people to come to a play. I was very businesslike about it. I called people on a regular basis; I sent out flyers with the reviews from my shows. The first thing I did was an episode of Alien Nation. My first ongoing gig was on thirtysomething. I still didn’t have an agent or a manager. At that time, that was the hottest show on TV, and it was miraculous that I got on without any representation. I used to go to agents and say, “I’ve now done my fifth episode of thirtysomething. Would you like to represent me?”

Q: Was that role a turning point?
A: It was the driest role. I played the ob-gyn to Patricia Kalember and Patricia Wettig. The storyline ended up that Patricia Wettig’s character was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In every episode, I was looking up her gown. There was no emotional arc — I was just a device. But everybody watched that show, and that opened doors. It got me an agent. Soon after, I auditioned for a pilot called Room for Two with Linda Lavin. It really clicked. It’s funny, because they said, “She just came off the drama thirtysomething. Can she do comedy?” At Bill Esper’s class, almost everything I did was comedy or turned into comedy. I knew I could do it. I got the part, but it only went for, maybe, twelve episodes.

Q: How did you hear about Everybody Loves Raymond?
A: I had read for a couple things, and nothing was quite right. When I read the pilot for Raymond, I thought, “This is a beautifully written script.” I didn’t think my character was that interesting, but the script was so good, I thought, “They’re very good writers, they’ll figure it out.” The day I went to the audition, I was really harried and had a babysitting issue and had to get in and out fast. I ran in and they talked and talked and talked. I was thinking, “I have got to get out of here. I need to just read and go!” So I finally said, “Can we just go ahead and read?” And they said, “You’ll read for us?” My agent had said, “She’ll meet, but she won’t read,” because I was such a star — yeah, sitting in my backyard clip- ping coupons, trying to save fifty cents on two packs of Ballpark franks. I said, “Yes, I’ll read, and then I’ve got to go.” I was in this mode, which was exactly where Debra was in the scene. I didn’t really have to do anything. She was angry with Ray — I’m always angry with my husband. Initially, I’d never heard of Ray — he was a big deal in the standup world. He was sitting by the door when I walked in. I saw him and I thought, “Hmm, I’m not going to put the addition on my house yet, ‘cause I don’t think it’s going.” But we really hit it off. He also says I’m the only actress who would kiss him in the scene when it was required. None of the other actresses who did the scene would kiss him.

Q: What made Debra funny?
A: I think it was her ability to put up with certain things and then just fall apart. She really tried all the time. What was really interesting were the silences. Debra got to just stare at Ray or Marie when they said or did something that was so over-the-line — she couldn’t believe what she was hearing and seeing. The writers allowed you to just have those moments, and the audience would go crazy. You wouldn’t have to say a word, but the audience was laughing because they knew what Debra was thinking.

Q: What advice would you give aspiring actors?
A: Try to create your own work. The business is changing; television is changing. Nobody knows where it’s going, and it seems a little tough right now. They’re doing more reality shows and fewer scripted shows and cutting back on money, so you need to create product for yourself. Get together with your actor friends and write stuff and film it or pro- duce it or put it on stage. Use YouTube and MySpace to put your product out there — and to put yourself out there.

Emmy magazine is available at some newsstands or can be ordered directly online here.

Archive Interviewee Brad Garrett Talks About "’Til Death" — Now Out on DVD

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

FOX comedy ‘Til Death: Season One comes out on DVD today; the series has been renewed for its second season for 2007-08. Series star Brad Garrett is best known for playing Ray Romano’s brother, policeman “Robert Barone” on Everybody Loves Raymond. He’s also the voice of “Gusteau” in the current Pixar feature Ratatouille. Brad Garrett sat down with the Archive of American Television on April 26, 2007 where he talked about starring in ‘Til Death.

Describe the character you play.

Eddie, I think is 90% of your married men out there that have made it to 20 years. I was close to make it to 20 years, I was just 13 years shy. You know how, [people say] “I married my best friend.” If I’d married my best friend I’d be bass fishing right now. You don’t marry your best friend, what you hopefully try to do is marry someone who is a wonderful blending of your neuroses– that’s really where the marriage is. And then you get to the point where you’re too tired to leave or you’re too tired to break up and you realize later in life you’re just going to need someone to change you, not emotionally, your diaper. So when you look at 80 year olds, they’re not still in love, they hold hands– it’s balance, they can’t walk without, that’s why they’re holding hands, they’re not in love after 60 years, no matter what they tell you.

Talk about the casting of Joely Fisher.

So Eddie is a guy who has met his match in Joely Fisher who plays Joy. She was the last woman to audition for the part and I didn’t have a wife for the show, literally 12 hours before our first table read, she came in at the last minute and just blew our doors off because what I loved about her is what she is in real life– as well as this character– she’s courageous and she’s strong and she pushes the envelope and she’s incredibly instinctive and I knew it was important kind of like The Honeymooner dynamic of Ralph and Alice. If I’m going to be a blowhard and be an in-your-face type of husband, I need a woman that could stand toe to toe and not you know be blown over by my wind if you will. And she was just there, to stand right there and be Joy and still be feminine and still be sexy and still be strong and… people aren’t supposed to look at the show and say oh my God look, they’re happy 20 yeas later, I want them to go oh my wow that is like me, boy a marriage is work, boy it is the little things that piss you off, boy it is the little things that keep you together.

You have a catchphrase with “Fantastic”…

Oh “fantastic.” Yes. Which came out, sadly enough, is out of my own life, that’s what I sometimes say when I don’t know what to say, someone will say I’m thinking about getting this lanced you want to look at it? And I’ll go “fantastic,” said I’ll be happy to look at anything on you that you think should be removed.

So that came from you?

It did come from me. I called Raymond cubby as Robert [on "Everybody Loves Raymond"], I’d go ‘come here cubby,’ that came out of an ad-lib. Again it’s those little things, the layers, it’s all about layers that we try to find. That’s what’s fun about acting or creating a show or being involved with a show and I’m also a producer on “’Til Death,” which only means I have parking, that’s really all it means, that and I can say we need more sherbet, it’s really nothing more than that.

Do you have a favorite episode so far?

I loved the dream getaway, I loved the episode where we go on a small vacation with the newlyweds and uh, it ends up that um, Kat Foster that plays the, the young ingenue on our show, who, one of the newlyweds ends up having a sex dream about me, and ends up telling Eddie Kay Thomas, the Jeff character about it, and I get wind of it and I am reveling in it, that this young hot woman would, and I really, it gives Eddie uh, you know a feeling of being wanted again, which guys that have been married 20 years. So, it gives Eddie a color we’ve really never seen and he starts you know dressing better and feeling better. What happens of course Eddie takes it overboard as he usually does and you know rubs it in Joy’s face a little bit, and she calls him on it and says come on you got to be kidding it was a dream and, and then we end up seeing the dynamic of a couple that has 20 years under their belt and how it’s two people that are really feeling insecure you know, and nothing more than that you now. There’s two things in a 20 year relationship, you’re either feeling insecure or you’re hungry.

And the show has a new time slot and how is it doing?

Well they put us after “American Idol” and you know to be honest my Bar Mitzvah video after “American Idol” could probably get a 12 share. We’re trying not to get, too high up on that, but Fox believes in the show, and they wanted to get more eyes on it and since they moved us after “Idol” not only have people been coming, but people have been staying with it. Now what’s the fate for season two? We’re still waiting to hear, if you hear or anybody at home hears, I’m usually the last to hear, please contact me, I’ll be at the primate clinic donating my plasma for the new Gibbon survey.

Brad Garrett’s entire Archive interview can be seen at the Archive’s offices at the Television Academy Headquarters in North Hollywood and will be available online in the future.

Interview description:
Garrett spoke about his early comedy influences and his own break into the stand-up comedy world as a teenager. He talked about his first appearance on television on
Norm Crosby’s Comedy Shop and his contest-winning turn on Star Search. He described two short-lived sitcoms he appeared on, before he landed the role for which he is most known, “Robert Barone” on Everybody Loves Raymond. He spoke in great detail about Raymond: describing his character, talking about the ensemble and series creator Phil Rosenthal, and mentioning notable episodes. He then talked about his next sitcom success as twenty-years-married “Eddie Stark” on ‘Til Death, a series he also produces. Additionally, he spoke about playing comic icon Jackie Gleason in the 2002 made-for-television movie Gleason. The 2 hour interview was conducted by Gary Rutkowski.

Archive Mourns the Loss of Interviewee Peter Boyle

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Peter Boyle, who played Ray’s Dad on Everybody Loves Raymond (and voice to the show’s only catchphrase— “Holy crap!”) has died at the age of 71. Boyle was also beloved for his role as the Monster in Mel Brooks’ film Young Frankenstein. His other notable performances included the bigoted Joe and an Emmy-winning guest-starring role on The X-Files.

The Archive of American Television interviewed Boyle for one-and-a-half hours on November 8, 2005. Here are some soundbites from the interview:

On his first career break.
After going through a period of starvation and rejection for a couple of years, I did a few off-Broadway shows and then I got cast in the road company in a big hit play called, “The Odd Couple.” I played Murray, the cop and I understudied the Oscar.

On Young Frankenstein.
I had a big-time agent, named Mike Medavoy, who said to me, “I handle Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman and want to put the three of you guys together in a movie.” We had a conference call, and Gene said “I’ve been working on an idea of Young Frankenstein, a Frankenstein movie.” He went to Mel Brooks, whom Gene Wilder knew very well, and got him involved in directing it. I played a loving, tender, sweetheart of a guy. Just misunderstood.

On being cast on Everybody Loves Raymond.
I was out in California and my wife and my daughters were with me because it was Spring break from their school in New York. I got a call to come and meet with producer Phil Rosenthal and Ray Romano. We had to meet at Universal Studios and I drove over and took my whole family with me. My wife, my two daughters, Lucy and Amy and their friend. We had trouble getting on the studio lot, they didn’t have the proper information, then we had to find a parking place and we had to go find where the audition was and then when we got there, it had been changed. My wife kept saying to me, “do you know where you’re going?” Which of course I didn’t. So I walked in, and Phil Rosenthal came out and I said, “well you changed the place, blah, blah!” I barked at him. And I got the job because I was in character.

On working in front of a studio audience.
The hard part of doing Raymond was basically learning all the lines and doing everything in front of a live audience and four cameras. And also the great thing was doing it in front of a live audience. As the show went on, the audience became more and more tuned to our characters, basically they came to laugh. It was just a wonderful feeling. I just loved it and got a big kick out of it. I just treasure it.

On Ray Romano’s “real” family and playing the role of his father.
During the first years, when were struggling an unknown and everything, Raymond’s real family showed up on the set and there was his mother and his father and his brother the policeman and his other brother. Basically, it was us. It was amazing, just to see that. I spoke with his father, but I didn’t want to get too close with his father because I didn’t want to be tied into. Basically I took my character from Raymond’s eyes. Because Raymond would make eye contact on stage, which is a good quality for me and if I would try to come closer to try and hug him, he would freeze. Then I knew I was in the right territory. It confirmed, it confirmed to me what I as doing was right.

On the legacy of Everybody Loves Raymond.
I think it’ll be proof that basically ah, if you portray family life truthfully and you show that people can stick together even though they drive each other nuts, that there’s a lot of power to family life. I think it just reminds of people again of their childhood of brothers and sisters and fathers and mothers.

On Monster’s Ball.
That was a film I hesitated to do because the character was such a bigot. Then I decided to do it and I actually had a good time, and I was very pleased with the way it came out. It was a good part, it was a good script and I liked the director, Marc Forster.

On the highlight of his career.
The highlight of my career was meeting my wife on the set of Young Frankenstein, and having two wonderful daughters.

Interview description:
Boyle reminisced about growing up in Philadelphia, where his father performed on local children’s television shows. He described the brief tenure he spent as a monk, before embarking on his acting studies with Uta Hagen. He outlined his early career in improv and in films including Joe and Young Frankenstein. He then discussed acting in the television movie Tail Gunner Joe as well as his acclaimed work on the series NYPD Blue and The X-Files. He then went into detail about his work on the long-running sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. He described the audition experience, his character of “Frank Barone,” his co-stars, and various key episodes of the series. The interview was conducted by Allan Neuwirth.

The entire interview can be viewed at Academy Headquarters in North Hollywood.