After almost four years of absence on the small screen, Ray Romano returns with a new sitcom that captures a more honest and sobering approach to the lives of middle-aged men. The question is: Will everybody love his new show?
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Most TV critics seem to think so. Men of a Certain Age
, which premiered on December 7 on TNT, features Ray Romano as a father named Joe in the midst of a divorce. He lives in a motel, hoped to become a pro golfer but now runs a party supplies store and suffers from a gambling addiction that ruined his marriage--- quite the opposite of Raymond Barone, a character he played for nine seasons on Everybody Loves Raymond.
Romano, however, isn't the only actor that makes the new comedy show Men of a Certain Age
promising. There's also Andre Braugher, who plays an overstressed husband and father named Owen, who also happens to be a car salesman at his dad's dealership. Then there's Scott Bakula, a struggling actor named Terry who happens to be dating a much younger woman.
"There is a realism to it, though. It's guys talking about things but we're still doing it in the lame way that men do, as opposed to the way women do, which would need a much longer show," Romano said in an interview with the Associated Press. Men of a Certain Age,
which airs every Monday at 10pm on TNT, also features Lisa Gay Hamilton as Melissa, Carla Gallo as Annie, Richard Gant as Owen Sr., Brian J. White as Marcus, Brittany Curran as Lucy, and Kwesi Boakye as Jamie.
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