Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton joined the WGA picket line at Paramount Thursday morning out of love for their “Everybody Loves Raymond” showrunner Phil Rosenthal, who Romano called “the most important writer in my life.”
“Without Phil, there’s no career, no house, no wife — well, two out of three’s pretty good,” Romano said. “And I didn’t really appreciate what writers did until the end of the first season when I tried to write a script for the first time. It wasn’t until then I stared at the blank page that I realized how difficult it is.”
Romano went on to co-write about 16 scripts during the series’ run. He penned his favorite, “Talk to Your Daughter,” with Emmy-winner Tucker Cawley.
“I’ve got a name for writing scripts — it’s rewarding torture,” he said.
He also noted that his Christmas card last year noted the lack of a funny caption because of the possibility of a writers’ work stoppage.
— Dave McNary