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‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ inducted into Broadcasting Hall of Fame

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By Patrick Kevin Day

Los Angeles Times

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LOS ANGELES — “Everybody Loves Raymond” ended in 2005, but the love persists. This spring, the Ray Romano sitcom will be inducted into the National Assn. of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the NAB Show Television Luncheon on April 7.

Series stars Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Brad Garrett and Monica Horan are expected to join series creator Phil Rosenthal for the induction ceremony at the luncheon in Las Vegas. Peter Boyle, who played Romano’s father in the series, died in 2006.

“Raymond” was a top 10 hit during much of its original run on CBS. Its final episode drew more than 32 million viewers. Additionally, it racked up many awards, including two Emmy wins for outstanding comedy series.

The series continues to air in syndication to strong ratings, which helps explain the enduring love by broadcasters for the series.

The sitcom will join fellow Hall of Fame series “American Idol,” “Meet the Press,” “The Tonight Show,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Star Trek,” “MASH” and “60 Minutes.” All are long-running shows or hits with a long, long life in syndication.

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‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ inducted into Broadcasting Hall of Fame