Ray of Gloom

This week, CBS agreed to pay Ray Romano nearly $40 million for the next season of his sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond, a record amount. Slate’s Virginia Heffernan wrote last year about how “intractably messed up” the show’s characters are: “Ray and Debra Barone don’t have sex, find one another boring, and have nothing to talk about but their three children, whom they keep locked away. The Barones’ lives are invaded, and stymied, by Ray’s rancorous parents, who live across the street. And they must from time to time entertain the morose bozo Robert, whom, though he’s openly scorned by his parents, they insist on kicking around, too.” Click here to read the rest of her article.