For the first time since the series ended in 2005, the cast of Everybody Loves Raymond will reunite to honor their late co-star Peter Boyle. Scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23, the special event has been organized to benefit the Peter Boyle Research Fund of The International Myeloma Foundation. Including table readings of popular scenes from the show along with its stars regaling some of their favorite memories, the event will last about 90 minutes.
Cast members announced to appear are Ray Romano (Ray Barone), Patricia Heaton (Debra Barone), Brad Garrett (Robert Barone), and Moniac Horan (Amy McDougall-Barone). Executive producer Phil Rosenthal will also participate. Other special guests and bonus content have also been promoted for the reunion event, so it sounds like viewers who tune in may also have a few surprises awaiting them.
Myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow. Peter Boyle passed away about one year after Everybody Loves Raymond ended, succumbing to a four-year battle with multiple myeloma. The Peter Boyle Research Fund was later established in 2007, led by his widow Loraine Alterman Boyle, which presents an annual Comedy Celebration event to help raise money for others suffering from the disease. In the years since its inception, the charity has raised about $8 million by featuring more than 50 special guest celebrity comedians and musicians.
The Everybody Loves Raymond cast also starred Doris Roberts as Marie Barone, Raymond's overbearing mother. Sadly, she passed away from a stroke in 2016 at the age of 90. The series also featured Madylin Sweeten as Ray's daughter Ally and real-life twins Sawyer and Sullivan Sweeten as twin sons Michael and Geoffrey. In 2015, Sawyer died by suicide at the age of 19, just two weeks before his 20th birthday. At the time, Romano, Heaton, Garrett, and Roberts all released statements expressing their shock and sadness about the news. Madylin and Sullivan have not been announced for this week's reunion.
Everybody Loves Raymond aired on CBS for nine seasons between 1996 and 2005. A tremendous ratings hit, the series is one of the most memorable sitcoms of its era, winning 15 of 69 total nominations at the Primetime Emmy Awards. Inspired by Romano's real-life family, the series follows sportswriter Ray Barone and the members of his extended family who apparently know no boundaries. Each character had a lot to contribute to the series, and many fans especially loved Peter Boyle as Raymond's father Frank. His on-screen relationship with Roberts' Marie also made for some very entertaining scenes.
Portions of the proceeds raised from the Everybody Loves Raymond cast reunion will also go towards the International Myeloma Foundation's Black Swan Research Initiative, an organization dedicated to discovering the first definitive cure for myeloma. You can find out more information about the charity at the official website for the International Myeloma Foundation. The reunion will be available to stream on the organization's Facebook and YouTube pages as well as the official website. It is set for Friday, Oct. 23, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.