Comedy veteran Phil Rosenthal showed up at Saturday’s Television Critics Association loaded for bear. First the “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator blasted TNT executives for canceling his pal Ray Romano‘s celebrated and smart dramedy “Men of a Certain Age.” “Those idiots put six episodes on in November and then waited until July to schedule the next six as if they were trying to make sure the audience didn’t connect to it,” he said. “Then they cancel if because the audience doesn’t connect to it. That’s why I say the only thing I hate about this business is the business part.” Then, with fellow panelists “Nurse Jackie” co-creators Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem and “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman chiming in, the discussion turned to reality television and Rosenthal unloaded again. “The glut of reality shows that we’re seeing could signal something larger than just a trend,” he said. “And that is the end of civilization.” He also added that TV’s Golden Age was also full of “crap” and today the “crap has quadrupled.” It makes you wonder what he had for lunch.
Watch “Men of a Certain Age” here.
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