Brad Garrett stayed with his latest sitcom ’til its death, which he says has now happened after four seasons.
Though the official announcement hasn’t been made yet by FOX, the triple-Emmy-winner for “Everybody Loves Raymond” tells Zap2it “‘Til Death” is done for good. “The other night, we got an 0.8 [rating],” Garrett reports in his famously deep voice. “Once your mom stops watching, you’re an 0.4. The network said, ‘What do you suggest?’ I said, ‘If you give me one more month, I can take you to a zero.’ And there was dead silence.”
Garrett adds that others who were involved in “‘Til Death” have moved on to other projects: “After year two, when you’re getting beat by Telemundo, it’s time to go home. I mean, even the show my housekeeper watches was beating the show that was paying her salary. I’d come in the room, and she’d quickly turn off Telemundo.”
Soon to be honored along with the rest of the “Raymond” cast at the 8th Annual TV Land Awards — which the nostalgia-themed network (now showing “Raymond” repeats regularly) will televise Sunday, April 25 — Garrett also was an executive producer of “‘Til Death.” He says he isn’t necessarily gun-shy about trying another series, but it may take a while.
“What this last experience did,” he reflects, “was to make me more picky than ever. To be honest, when this show came to me four years ago, it was very different from what it ended up being. I was going with my gut then.
“As an actor, I want to work. I’ve been asked to teach some comedy classes; it’s great to see these young actors who have a ton of questions and want to get an opinion. I love doing different things.”
[UPDATE: FOX has now officially confirmed that the network has indeed pulled the plug on the sitcom.]
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