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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Its a lot like retirement...

"Everybody Loves Raymond" and "NYPD Blue" are headed for final fade-out during the next few weeks, which leads me to wonder: What's it like the week after you wrap a long-running show?

Sure, most of the participants have done very well financially by their weekly work, but a TV series is as close as most actors get to having a real job, at least since they worked real jobs as struggling actors.

In Hollywood at a CBS press tour party to promote a Feb. 22 "One Day at a Time" reunion special, former series star Bonnie Franklin said, "We were so really ready to be through with 'One Day at a Time.' We'd asked to be through with it, which is exactly what's happening with 'Raymond.' I think the audience would keep it on the air. They would've kept us on the air, too, but it was time for us -- it -- to be over."

And, when it is, "You miss the family that you had," she continued. "To some degree, you're back to what you were as a journeyman actor, where you didn't know what your next job is going to be.

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