NEW YORK, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- TV Land welcomes the hilarious Barone family to the network when the Emmy Award-winning sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" premieres on Thursday, March 18 with a four-day primetime event. The series then joins the schedule for a primetime block each weeknight starting at 9PM ET/PT. Viewers will fall in love all over again with the antics of Ray Barone's entire family, from his over-bearing mother Marie and his wise-cracking father, Frank, to his wife Debra's no-nonsense impatience with him and the incessant sibling rivalry between Ray and younger brother Robert.
"We're excited to begin airing 'Everybody Loves Raymond' so that we can infuse our schedule with a fan favorite, giving us a great lead-in audience for our newest original series 'First Love, Second Chance,'" states Jaclyn Cohen, senior vice president of programming and acquisitions for TV Land. "Our acquisitions of beloved television staples are critical to TV Land's success as they transition viewers into our new original content. We are sure that our viewers will love this 'Raymond' and 'First Love' pairing as both shows have the common thread of showing relationships in all their glory the good AND the bad."
The winner of 15 Emmy® Awards, "Everybody Loves Raymond" ran in primetime on CBS for eight seasons. The premise was born out of Ray Romano's own life experiences of raising his children along with his wife, all while his parents and brother lived close by. In "Everybody Loves Raymond," Romano plays Ray Barone, father of three and a sports writer for a local newspaper. Patricia Heaton plays his wife, Debra, who endures her husband's overbearing parents played brilliantly by Doris Roberts and the late Peter Boyle. As in real life, Ray's brother Robert, played by Brad Garrett, is a policeman who lives with his parents. Guest stars for the series run included hilarious appearances by Kevin James, Fred Willard, Georgia Engel and Chris Elliott.
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