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The Top 10 Highest Paid Actors on TV

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 12th 2011 5:15PM
The Top 10 Highest Paid Actors on TVIt's no secret that being on TV can be a very well-paying gig, but do you know just how much some of your favorite actors are making?

Forbes has released its annual list of the Top 10 highest paid actors on TV and the usual suspects -- Charlie Sheen, Hugh Laurie, Ray Romano -- are still present. However, some of these actors have already left their TV homes, and others might not have shows to pay them after this year.

Sheen's off 'Two and a Half Men' and production on his new sitcom has yet to begin, Romano's 'Men of a Certain Age' was canceled and it's looking like this could possibly be the last seasons for 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'House.'

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Patricia Heaton On 'The Middle' Season 3, the Royal Wedding & Reuniting With Ray Romano

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 20th 2011 9:00AM
Patricia Heaton, Ray Romano, The MiddleWhen the Heck family returns on the Season 3 premiere of 'The Middle,' they'll be joined by a very special guest -- Patricia Heaton's former 'Everybody Loves Raymond costar Ray Romano.

But don't worry -- just because the ABC sitcom is now attracting guest stars like Romano, former 'Saturday Night Live' star Molly Shannon and former 'Glee' star Chord Overstreet doesn't mean the show will lose any of what star Patricia Heaton calls its "Heck style."

In the Season 3 premiere (Wed., Sept. 21, 8PM ET on ABC), the Hecks go camping -- Heck-style, of course -- and if you're thinking that sounds like a recipe for disaster, you're absolutely correct.

Below, Heaton sounds off on her hatred for camping, reuniting with Romano and which pop culture obsession Frankie will harbor next now that the Royal Wedding is over.

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Fall TV's Biggest and Best Guest Stars

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 6th 2011 2:00PM
Ray Romano, Charisma Carpenter, Seth RogenWhile some shows have lured famous movie stars into leading roles, other shows are taking a more temporary approach this fall with big-name guest stars booked for short-term stints on the small screen.

Fall TV will host several major reunions that you definitely won't want to miss. Terry O'Quinn will head back to the island for a stint alongside former 'Lost' costar Daniel Dae Kim on 'Hawaii Five-0,' while Ray and Debra are back together (sort of) when Ray Romano stops by 'The Middle' to visit his former 'Everybody Loves Raymond' costar Patricia Heaton. And let's not forget 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' alums Charisma Carpenter and James Marsters playing a married couple on an episode of 'Supernatural' this season.

Wanna know who else is heading to TV this fall? Check out some more of the biggest and best guest stars, including 'The Wire' alum Michael K. Williams (Omar!), Oscar-nominated actress Patricia Clarkson and crooner Josh Groban in AOL TV's fall guest star gallery.

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Ray Romano Will Reunite With His TV Wife in 'The Middle' Season 3 Premiere

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 3rd 2011 1:45PM
Ray Romano'Everybody Loves Raymond' reunion alert! Ray Romano will guest star on the Season 3 premiere of Patricia Heaton's ABC comedy 'The Middle.'

According to TV Guide, Romano will play Nicky Kohlbrenner, a man from Frankie Heck's (Heaton) past. Look for the character to have had some involvement in ruining Frankie's honeymoon many years ago. The premiere episode will also see the Heck family embark on a road trip.

Romano is coming off the cancellation of his TNT drama 'Men of a Certain Age.' He also appeared in 'The Office' season finale as a potential branch manager replacement.

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Ray Romano Talks Being Inspired by Bill Cosby and Just Wanting to Do Stand-Up (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 15th 2011 5:44AM
Ray Romano, 'The Green Room with Paul Provenza'Ray Romano has come a long way from his roots as a stand-up comedian. He produced, wrote for and starred in one of the biggest sitcoms of all time for which he won an Emmy, and now he's a co-creator, co-writer and one of the leads on arguably one of the best dramatic series on television, TNT's 'Men of a Certain Age.'

But it all goes back to Bill Cosby, as he said on 'The Green Room with Paul Provenza' (Thu., 11PM ET on Showtime).

Cosby's stand-up on vinyl was Romano's first ever experience listening to someone to stand-up comedy. And right then he had a dream himself to do that. When Provenza asked him if he could have envisioned where he's at now in his career, Romano replied, "My goal was to do stand-up. I just loved doing stand-up."

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Save This Show: Why 'Men of a Certain Age' Must Get Another Season

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 11th 2011 10:00AM
I posted my Emmy prediction story Friday, and you may have been surprised by the amount of attention I gave to 'Men of a Certain Age' in that piece.

The real surprise is this: The TNT show, which concluded its terrific second season last week, is in danger of cancellation. And I'm terrified it could die before it gets a realistic shot making an impression on TV viewers.

Despite recently winning a Peabody Award, 'MOACA' may not return next year, which is why I'm hoping that if the show gets some Emmy nods on Thursday, TNT executives will have one more reason to give the drama a third season.

To say it deserves to stick around is the understatement of the year. 'MOACA' is without question one of the best shows on television, and this lovely, bittersweet drama dying now would be like 'Friday Night Lights' going away after its first season. It's simply unthinkable.

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Ray Romano Weighs In on 'The Talk's' Hose vs. No Hose Debate (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 6th 2011 5:15PM
The pantyhose question answered on 'The Talk'Future audience members of 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS), take note. If Julie Chen decides to show off her hose-clad legs, do not whistle, or you may be subjected to Leah Remini's granny panties dance. That was the scene Wednesday with guest Ray Romano, when Remini responded to an audience member's enthusiastic holler by de-hosing Chen.

Remini explained that the man in the audience was probably picturing thigh-high stockings, not the more full-figured version, and he certainly hadn't had to witness Chen's shimmy to pull them up. Remini then said Chen's husband Les Moonves probably didn't want to deal with them either, and tore them from her legs. Romano had to follow that, and Remini asked him, "Do men like hose?"

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Five Reasons to Watch 'Men of a Certain Age' From Star Ray Romano

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 31st 2011 1:45PM
1. The first reason to watch 'Men of a Certain Age'? Well, if you don't want me hounding you -- yes, you personally -- to check out the show's terrific mix of bittersweet humor and low-key but effective drama, then you had better get with the program when 'Men' returns 10PM ET Wednesday on TNT.

2. The second reason to watch the show, which recently won a Peabody Award: Star Ray Romano says it's not hard to jump right in with the new set of six episodes TNT is airing this summer, even if you've never seen 'Men' before.

"It's not too convoluted," the former 'Everybody Loves Raymond' star said in a recent interview. "It's easily catch-up-able."

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Ray Romano Tells David Letterman About 'Taking a Shot to the Groin' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 27th 2011 5:02AM
Ray Romano on 'Late Show With David Letterman'Ray Romano shared an interesting theory about evolution and growing old, on 'Late Show With David Letterman' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS).

Romano told host David Letterman about how a recent game of hoops with his kid resulted in him "taking a shot to the groin."

As Letterman grimaced and the men in the audience groaned in sympathy, Romano came out with one surprising benefit to getting older. Having said that a shot in the groin is the worst pain imaginable for a man, he said that this one, well, "It didn't hurt as much."

And here's Romano's explanation why: Evolution. Yep, the 50-something actor reckons that when a guy gets hit "down there" in his 20s or 30s the ensuing agony is nature's way of telling him to be careful with his man parts because he and the species needs them.

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'The Office' Season 7, Episode 24 (Season Finale) Recap

by Joel Keller, posted May 20th 2011 1:30AM
['The Office' - 'Search Committee']

Right off the bat, let me give this caveat to my review: Going in, I knew that this was going to be a very difficult episode for the writers of 'The Office' to pull off.

'The Office' - 'Search Committee'
The first degree of difficulty was that the episode was an hour, which is not something that this show has excelled at in the past. The second degree of difficulty was the multitude of guest stars -- as candidates -- parading through Dunder Mifflin Scranton, each with their own character flaws on display.

But the third degree of difficulty is that, without some sort of manager to kiss up to or hate, the atmosphere around the show feels rudderless. It's probably the reason why the episodes in which Deangelo and Dwight were the boss more or less worked, whereas this episode and Michael-less stories from earlier this year didn't.

There was a story here -- the search for a new manager -- and you have a pretty good idea who the most viable candidates for the job are by the end of the episode. But in a lot of ways, this felt like a series of sketches in search of a plot.

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'The Office': Mindy Kaling Reveals Will Arnett, Ray Romano Character Names

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 12th 2011 3:00PM
Mindy KalingMindy Kaling, the multitasking star of 'The Office' who also writes and produces the show, revealed a little more information on the highly anticipated guest stars who plan to drop by the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch later this season.

"Naming new characters is one of the most fun times in a writers room, as @KenTremendous [former 'Office' writer/'Parks and Recreation' co-creator Michel Schur] can attest. Takes a tiny, silly part of the brain!" she Tweeted.

Lucky for us, Kaling was given permission by none other than 'Office' showrunner Paul Lieberstein to let us all in on that fun process. She wrote, "I've been authorized by Paul Lieberstein (my boss/Toby (weird, right?)) to reveal all the guest stars glorious and ridiculous names today!"

So, what will stars like Will Arnett and Ray Romano be known as in the 'Office' universe?

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'The Office': Ray Romano, James Spader and Catherine Tate All Linked With Manager's Job

by Catherine Lawson, posted Apr 6th 2011 6:15AM
James SpaderSince Steve Carell announced his departure from 'The Office' the race has been on to find a replacement for his character, Michael Scott, as the manager of the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin.

Speculation's rife about who will step up to the plate, and just about every guest star in the current season has been linked with the top job. Most recently, we reported that 'Office' creator Ricky Gervais could be taking over from Carell, but now even more names have been added to the ever-expanding list of nominees.

The upcoming Season 7 finale was already set to be a star-studded affair, with Gervais, Will Arnett and Will Ferrell all having booked guest slots. However, according to TVLine.com, yet another comedic trio has signed on for the episode -- Ray Romano, James Spader and Catherine Tate -- and now they're all being linked with the top job.

Is there a grain of truth in the rumors, or is it all just smoke and mirrors?

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'Men of a Certain Age': Becoming Invisible to Women (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 28th 2010 8:01AM
'Men of a Certain Age':  Becoming Invisible to Women'Men of a Certain Age' (Mon., 10PM ET on TNT) follows the lives of three men who are experiencing, well, a mid-life crisis. Middle age can be a tough time for everyone involved, men and women both. But on the new episode, Owen (Andre Braugher) encounters a uniquely guy-ish problem. Young ladies no longer see him; rather, they see through him.

Yes, Owen has become invisible to the opposite sex. As he enters the guys' local breakfast joint, two women look right past him -- even as he holds the door open for them. But if Owen is expecting sympathy from fellow middle-agers Joe and Terry (Ray Romano and Scott Bakula), then he's come to the wrong place.

"You guys see that?!" Owen says. No, dude; whether your friends saw it is unimportant. The main thing is that the ladies didn't see you. Owen quickly protests that he used to be hot; girls used to check him out. "No," says Terry. "No," says Joe. " ... No," Terry adds, just to make things even clearer.

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Ray Romano Reacts to His Wife's Threesome Proposal on 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 7th 2010 2:50AM
Ray Romano Reacts to His Wife's Threesome Proposal on 'Late Show'Actor Ray Romano has been married for 23 years now. But he still hasn't learned the key to maintaining a relationship, which is this: Never answer a hypothetical question. Actually, it's probably smarter to not answer any questions. "Do I look fat in this?" "Do I look good in this?" "Where do you want to eat tonight?" These are all potentially bad topics -- still, you have to talk sometimes, so try to respond positively if these subjects come up.

But hypotheticals are especially bad. And on 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), Ray tells David Letterman how a "simple" abstract discussion about a threesome led to major trouble. Romano's wife Anna wanted to know this: If you were going to have a threesome involving my friends, which friend would it be? The correct reply here, of course, is: "None of them, honey, because I love you too much."

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Aged to (Near) Perfection: 'Men of a Certain Age' Hit Their Prime

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 6th 2010 4:40PM
I apologize for posting this review of the second season of 'Men of a Certain Age' (10PM ET Monday, TNT) later than I'd planned. The cancellation of 'Terriers' threw a monkey wrench into the middle of my day.

But perhaps that sad news gives me a chance to tell keenly disappointed 'Terriers' fans that there's another show out there that is quite good at examining the lives of men past the first flush of youth, a show that spends quality time on the ins and outs of real friendship.

Even if you've never seen 'Terriers,' or indeed the first season of 'Men of a Certain Age,' you're likely to find something to enjoy in the second season of 'MOACA,' which expertly mines both comedy and drama from life's awkward transitional passages.

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