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Ray Romano to guest on ‘King of Queens’

He will reprise his Ray Barone character from ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’
/ Source: Reuters

Six months after his hit Emmy-winning TV comedy ended its run, “Everybody Loves Raymond” star Ray Romano will return briefly to prime time in a guest spot on fellow CBS show “The King of Queens,” the network said Thursday.

Romano, once U.S. television’s highest-paid sitcom star, will reprise his “Everybody Loves Raymond” role as sports writer and family man Ray Barone on an episode of “The King of Queens” slated to air on Nov. 28, near the end of Nielsen’s ratings “sweep.”

Romano made three previous “cross-over” guest appearances on “King of Queens” while his old show was still on the air, according to CBS. His Barone alter ego is a buddy of Doug Heffeman, the lead character on “Queens” played by Romano’s real-life pal and fellow comic, Kevin James.

On the upcoming episode, Raymond joins Doug for a boy’s night out when Doug’s wife, Carrie (Leah Remini) takes a trip with her father.

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James has made several guest appearances on “Everybody Loves Raymond” in the past, including three appearances as his “King of Queens” character, a CBS spokesman said.

“Raymond” was the top-rated comedy in prime time when it left the airwaves in May after nine years on CBS. The show twice won an Emmy Award as television’s best comedy series, in 2003 and again in 2005.

“King of Queens” is nowhere near as popular as “Raymond” was, but it consistently finishes first in its Monday night time slot, averaging nearly 10.5 million viewers a week.