Second Act by Carol | Thursday, 9:30 p.m, CBS
Patricia Heaton has nothing to prove. She was a guest of “Everybody Loves Raymond” (1996-2005) and “The Middle” (2009-18). Rather than enjoy rich wealthy early retirement, Heaton, 61, has gone back to work, playing Carol Kenney, who decides, in the middle of life, to become a doctor after divorce. What makes “Second Act of Carol” different is that Heaton is a producer with a great deal of solutions and writing. For example, while Carol is older than her other interns, her experience becomes a useful parent when she breaks a bad news to a patient, and at least one person who noticed her – Dr. Stephen Frost, studied by Kyle MacLachlan.
Heaton spoke to The Post about his new show and why she is still waiting for this congratulatory phone call from former co-founder "Raymond" Ray Romano.
How did this show happen?
It was interesting to have “Everybody at Raymond Solution” first. It was corresponding to where I was in my life. There was a corresponding “Mean” with my background growing up, and with my children at home. He finished that and I thought, “What can I do that is different but still in my rider's house?” And then this idea came from (co-created) Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins. It was a great idea for a show regardless of whether I was involved.
You do not have to work. Why is another series made?
I would be dying on the spot somewhere. (Laughter.) I hope I will have a good few years left. This is the first time I produce. And be on the ground floor helping to create the character and create the show. It is frightening to see how the sausage is made. You see that the process is very much a team effort.
What things would you like to do differently?
We talked about what Carol would love. She is a woman in the 50s who is an intern, so you don't have much time. I think we are going to build it slowly.
How do you tell someone is funny?
People are funny and know how to deliver a pocket line. And then, this layer is very thin at the top of those who are funny, who know how to deliver a pocket line and there is one thing that can't be exploited. And it is something about his personality that only gives him a significant quality.
Sharon Gless told the Post once that “picture-motion actors” were taking roles away from TV actors. Do you agree?
I have a bit of blood. “Oh, you were too good for television 10 years ago and now all the movie stars are under construction! So I can see why television was deprecated by people. But television is now the perfect place. I love watching Meryl Streep on “Big Little Lies.” Movies are tough. It is difficult to do them. They go in the theaters, then they have gone two weeks later. This is a hard business.
Did Ray Romano say anything when you got your own show?
Well, I couldn't get it out of the phone with Martin Scorsese (Romano has a role in “The Irishman”), so we couldn't speak.
And here's what else to watch this week:
The Politician | Friday, Netflix
Premiere of the series. The rich boy Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) has since been recognized as being president. The series follows it in five elections over its lifetime, beginning with the head of school. Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Lange stand together.
Evil Thursday, 10 am, CBS
Premiere of the series. The Catholic Church employs forensic psychologist Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers) to work with David Acosta (Mike Colter), a semen, to determine whether demons are held in demons or simply psychopathy. From the creators of “The Good Wife.”
9-1-1 Monday, 8 p., Fox
Premiere of the season. Athena (Angela Bassett) lists the help of the hill when a teenager lies out of control on the main road. Apart from the beach, there is a tidal wave to strike on Santa Monica pier.
Abishola Hearts | Monday, 8:30 pm, CBS
Premiere of the series. Bob (Billy Gardell) is a seller of Detroit compressed stockings with a heart attack. Abishola, a Nigerian immigrant (Folake Olowofoyeku) is his nurse in the hospital's cardiac unit. She is one mother and she is not looking for a boy. This does not prevent Bob, when he is feeling better, from trying to love her.
The Unicorn Thursday, 8:30 pm, CBS
Premiere of the series. Walton Goggins finds that he is a babe magnet because he knows how to be in a relationship, has a job and has a full head of hair.
Sunnyside | Thursday, 9:30 p.m., NBC
Premiere of the series. Kal Penn Garrett Modi, a New York City councilor whose career is dying when he drunk into the community, plays. As part of its redemption, there is a group of immigrants who want to become citizens and believe that it can help them. With Diana Maria Riva.
Stumptown Wednesday, 10 p.m., ABC
Premiere of the series. Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders), a war veteran who suffers from PTSD, returns to Portland, Ore. Cops hates her, criminals fear her, men try to absorb her. With Jake Johnson, Michael Ealy and Tantoo Cardinal.
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