“EXPORTING RAYMOND” (Available Aug. 2 )
When “Everybody Loves Raymond” ended its run after nine years and 210 episodes, creator Phil Rosenthal began thinking about whether his TV show about a bickering but basically loving middle-class family might translate to other cultures.
After all, “The Nanny” became a hit in Europe with casts of various nationalities. Why not “Raymond”?
With that in mind Rosenthal agreed to help a Russian TV network develop its own version of “Raymond.” Rosenthal brought along a video crew to document the progress, and the result is “Exporting Raymond,” a fish-out-of-water real-life comedy in which the Hollywood mover and shaker gets a sobering lesson in how the rest of the world operates.
OK, I don’t want to make Rosenthal seem like some sort of boorish Tinsel Town heavy hitter. (more…)