'Everybody Loves Raymond' creator reveals the behind the scenes fight over Ray Romano's wife: 'CBS wanted someone hotter'

Twenty five years ago, Phil Rosenthal hit the jackpot that every television writer dreams about.

Awarded the opportunity to create a four-camera CBS sitcom for stand-up comedian Ray Romano, Rosenthal and his star hit upon a concept and title that’s familiar to anyone that picked up a TV Guide during the 1990s: "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Yet, Rosenthal very nearly walked away from before the show premiered. He found himself at that crossroads when CBS inserted itself into the casting process for the actress that would play Romano’s wife — a part that eventually went to Patricia Heaton.