Brad Garret in talks for ''Raymond'' spin-off
Emmy isn’t the only one who loves Brad Garrett. After the Everybody Loves Raymond costar won his third best supporting actor statue Sept. 18 for playing the bombastic Robert Barone on the recently retired comedy, CBS confirmed that it is negotiating with Garrett to reprise his role for a fall 2006 sitcom. As Raymond was coming to an end last season, CBS began talking about the possibility that creator Phil Rosenthal might develop a spin-off revolving around Robert’s marriage and extended family with the goal of bringing back the actors who originated those roles — including Monica Horan as his wife, Amy, and Fred Willard and Georgia Engel as Amy’s parents, Hank and Pat MacDougall. The Eye network also hopes to reassemble the writing team that helped Raymond grab two Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series (this year and in 2003). ”I can honestly say there is interest, but there are so many actors and writers who would have to come together,” said a cautiously optimistic Rosenthal. ”But at least we are talking about it.” And at least they’re not yelling like the Barones.