While the show had plenty of regular watchers and fans worldwide, Ray’s real-life brother Rich wasn’t one of them. You see, just like his TV counterpart, Rich was a cop during the time the show was running, and a lot of people seemed to think the show was a documentary, or something similar.
Rich got teased quite a lot by fellow members of the force, for the things that Robert, who wasn’t the best at being a cop, did on the show. As a result, Rich wasn’t too happy with the show in general, but luckily, things settled down eventually.
A Near Spin-Off
Robert, Raymond's brother on the show, was one of the goofiest parts of the show. The character had a special place in a lot of viewers' hearts. The creators seemed to like him, too, which is why they started thinking about a spin-off that had the character as the lead.
The initial plan was for Robert to move to Philadelphia and become a gym teacher. Phil Rosenthal pitched the show to CBS, but the deal fell through. Who knows if the show could have actually worked – spin-offs have a spotty record – but we'll never know for sure.
Holding Back Too Much
Patricia Heaton has quite a long list of accolades and titles on her IMDb page, but there's one other thing. While she was on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” she was busy busy busy, both as a mom and an actress, and she needed an assistant. Well, her former assistant, Jennifer Lee, took her to court in 2009 over unpaid wages from their time working together.
Lee said that Heaton made her work overtime without paying for it, and Heaton owed her almost eight thousand dollars. Heaton hasn't spoken much about the case, but it's not a good look.
Dear Old Dad
Patricia Heaton plays Debra, Ray's nagging wife, but she wasn't the only Heaton on the show. Actually, the show literally dropped Chuck Heaton in a line. He's a widely-known sportswriter for the “Cleveland Plain Dealer,” where he had written for over fifty years. Ray's job in the show is also that of a sportswriter, and he's quite successful.
In one episode, Deb mentions that Ray's biggest competitor is probably Chuck Heaton. It was an Easter Egg that not many people caught, but it must have been strange to mention your real father while playing a fake character on TV.
Is That Really the Name?
The name of this show is now recognizable around the world, but originally it was going to be something different. What was that something different? We don't know! “Everybody Loves Raymond” was the show's placeholder title for the pilot episode – from a snarky remark that Romano's real cop brother made once – but the name stuck.
They had intended to change it to something, but everybody seemed to like the name, and the rude comments Romano imagined never arrived. Nowadays, it's one of the most recognizable phrases and titles from the nineties.