There’s more evidence that the cast standoff on “Everybody Loves Raymond” could be starting to ease a bit — and may even be headed toward resolution.
Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle both showed up for work Tuesday following a one-day absence from the set of the hit CBS laffer. Patricia Heaton was also on set, marking the first time that all cast members who were supposed to be at work on the show’s eighth season premiere reported for duty.
Brad Garrett, who’s also at odds with CBS and the show’s producers, isn’t part of the first episode and thus wasn’t at work.
While none of the parties involved were talking, industry insiders said the presence of Heaton, Roberts and Boyle indicates back-channel talks may be taking place to address the salary concerns of the three thesps (Daily Variety, Aug. 19).
The Garrett situation remains murkier, though at least one exec familiar with the situation believes there’s a deal to be done with Garrett as well.
What seems less likely now is either a ninth season of “Raymond” or a proposed spinoff of the skein starring Garrett — though it’s also worth noting that in Hollywood, time (and potential profits) heal most wounds.