Everybody Loves Raymond reboot is not going ahead

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Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal says there have been "no takers" for a reunion special on the US networks.

Airing to great acclaim between 1996 and 2005, the CBS sitcom featured the talents of Ray Romano, Brad Garrett, Patricia Heaton, Monica Horan, Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle.

In the wake of Friends: The Reunion, which gathered the iconic cast for a reflective celebration this year, Rosenthal has been pitching a similar concept.

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"Here's what I really can't believe, I've pitched to now a couple of different places," he began during a recent appearance on Pop Culture Spotlight with Jessica Shaw.

"We can do a reunion special. We can tell stories of the things that have happened to us at home, and then show a clip of the Raymond episode, and I think it will be entertaining and funny and you'll get a chance to catch up with the cast as they are now.

"And it seemed to work for Friends and, uh, no takers. Not yet."

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Rosenthal continued: "Maybe someone will hear this and say, 'Hey, this seems like a no-brainer.' I think people like the show, I think they would like to see the cast together.

"Again, I think they would like to revisit some of the highlights and outtakes from the show."

Despite the disappointment, he appreciates the particular dynamics of the industry, as he went on to concede: "Listen, this is the business we've chosen for ourselves. As they say in The Godfather, there's no rhyme or reason to anything.

"If they see money, they go for the money. If they see demographics that they want, they go for that."

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