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'Men of a Certain Age' Presents Season Finale on TNT... And Talk Today on NPR
July 6, 2011  | By David Bianculli


Wednesday night at 10 ET on TNT, Men of a Certain Age presents its second-season finale, with Ray Romano's Joe competing in the qualifying round for golf's Seniors Tour. Meanwhile, today on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, I talk to Ray Romano about his excellent drama series, his life and his career. Just some middle-aged guys sitting around talking -- just like on his TV show...

We recorded the interview yesterday (Tuesday), and I'm not sure what will make the cut in today's program. Hear it on your local public radio station, or check in HERE after about 5 p.m. ET Wednesday to hear the interview.

But here's one story I'll share regardless. Part of tonight's Men of a Certain Age season finale includes a montage in which Romano, as Joe, putts and chips a bunch of shots as he makes his way through the qualifying round. Some of the images, Romano admitted freely, were created in post-production using computer graphics, and others were the result of multiple tries and multiple takes.

But one lengthy, off-the-green, into-the-cup chip, filmed in an unbroken wide shot (and seen at top above), was indeed all Romano: first attempt, long chip, right in the hole. Everything went right, right from the start.

Just like on his new series. And his old one, Everybody Loves Raymond.

Nice guy. Nice conversation. Tune in and enjoy...




Tausif Khan said:

David, please please interview more showrunners on Fresh Air -- they are the most important of any show (the equivalent to a director in feature films). Mike Royce who co-created the show is such an important influence. If the show continues I would hope Fresh Air would be able to interview him as well. In the meantime I will be eagerly waiting for your interview with Romano.

[I love talking with show runners myself, and many of my Fresh Air interviews indeed are with those key TV figures. But don't minimize Romano's involvement here -- on Men of a Certain Age, he's involved in the writing, filming and editing of every episode, as well as co-starring. -- DB]

Comment posted on July 6, 2011 12:08 PM

Mara said:

Thanks for the interview. I had no idea that Owen was meant for Wendell Pierce! That would have worked it its own way, I'm sure, but I think things worked out just right. I fell in love with Andre Braugher on Homicide and I am falling in love with this other side of him as Owen. And I think Wendell Pierce's comedic energies are put to perfect use with Antoine Batiste. They are two of my favorite men of a certain age (and a certain weight!) and I'm happy to see them in such appropriate vehicles for their talents.

[Thanks, Mara. I couldn't have said it better myself. In fact, I didn't. -- DB]

Comment posted on July 6, 2011 7:49 PM

Tausif Khan said:

No not diminishing Romano's role.

TNT needs to renew this show. I mean which show on their network is going to win them a Peabody award? Elvis has a better chance of winning an Emmy than anyone on Memphis Beat. Who are you kidding TNT you need this show.

Comment posted on July 7, 2011 1:26 PM
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