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In the very first episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond," the twins were named Matthew and Gregory, but then their names were changed to Michael and Jeffrey. Why?

According to the Chicago Tribune:

"It's not unusual for creative changes to take place between the time a series pilot is filmed and when the show actually goes into production several weeks (or even months) later. When the pilot for "Raymond" was filmed, the three Barone kids bore the actual names of star Ray Romano's real children: Alexandra (Ally), Matthew and Gregory. By the time production started, however, Romano became concerned that art was imitating life a bit too closely and asked that the twins' names be changed. Ally's name was kept, perhaps because it was more prominent in the pilot and a change would have been more jarring."

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Bill Richter


General questions about situation comedies, history of television, the industry, etc.


Professor of Mass Communications for over 15 years. Writing a book about the topic of situation comedies.

Ph.D., University of Tennessee M.S.M.C. Arkansas State University B. A. Columbia College, Chicago

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