Heaton: Romano Crashes ‘Middle’ Honeymoon in ‘Raymond’ Reunion

Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton on The Middle (ABC)

Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton on The Middle (ABC)

Seems like old times!

One of TV’s favorite sitcom couples – Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton – are reunited on Wednesday’s season premiere of “The Middle” (ABC, 8/7c).

Romano, whose drama “Men of A Certain Age” was sent to the woodshed last month, is a special guest star on the hour-long episode.

“We flash back to Frankie (Heaton) and Mike’s (Neil Flynn) honeymoon,” Heaton reveals.  “I personally hate camping, so it was a just so funny that Mike’s big surprise for Frankie on their honeymoon is that they were going camping.  Then it ends up that a wrench gets tossed in the works with Ray showing up as Mike’s high school buddy and crashing our honeymoon.”

Preview The “Raymond” Reunion:

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Romano and Heaton were husband and wife for nine seasons on “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

The episode was “one of those great Hollywood moments where I am sitting between my two TV husbands,” the actress told XFinityTV.

“It was just one of those fun, ‘Twilght Zone’ experiences.”

Can we assume that Ray did the show because he is now broke trying to pick up a little extra cash?
Ray did it because he is a very lovely and supportive friend of mine.  He certainly didn’t need to do it.  But you know, it is a good fun, small part.  It certainly adds a certain flavor to the show… We were talking about the fact that his show ended.  And he could have retired.  He didn’t have to do “Men of A Certain Age” even.  We are just creative people who like to keep working.

How does “The Middle” compare to “Raymond?”  That had to be a pretty well-oiled machine after nine years…
“The Middle” is also a well-oiled machine.  It is very different in that it is single camera.  But the writing reminds me a lot of “Raymond.”  It almost gives me chills.  I remember knowing from the pilot that “Everybody Loves Raymond” was a great show.  And every script was better and better.  I am having the same feeling with “The Middle.”  I am loving learning about the characters and watching the kids blossom and get funnier.

Doesn’t the show have to have an end point in mind?  The kids are getting older…
We are in our third season.  I definitely see us doing two more seasons after this.  By then, Axl be maybe going to college. So I think we can get three or four more years out of it.

Can you promise me here and now that the Hecks won’t ever adopt a “Cousin Oliver” in season 5?
I can promise you that.

What else can we look forward to in the new season?
Brick (Atticus Shaffer) has a new teacher.  Last season it was Doris Roberts, another “Raymond” alum.  But he has now moved into the fourth grade and gets this young, overly enthusiastic young teacher played by Chord Overstreet from “Glee.”  Mike thinks that he can deal with teachers better than I can, so I let him try.  And in the episode we just shot, Axl (Charlie McDermott) does something so gross and disgusting that Frankie literally runs away from home.  But I can’t tell you what it is or it will ruin the surprise.

Ricki Lake was originally cast in your role.  Could you step in and fill her shoes on “Dancing With The Stars?”
No.  I could not.  People ask me all the time if I would go on DWTS and I can assure you I will never be on “Dancing with The Stars.”  I could never do that.  I am a very hard worker.  It is just more that I am not a dancer.  I could not put myself out there that way.

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