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CBS Unveils Plans for ‘Raymond,’ ‘Amazing Race’

Jan 18, 2005  •  Post A Comment

CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler announced at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour the network’s top-rated sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond” will end its nine-year run with a Monday, May 16, series finale at 9 p.m. (ET).

The half-hour finale will be preceded by a one-hour retrospective that will feature interviews with the cast, series highlights and behind-the-scenes footage.

Beginning Feb. 28, CBS will air the top five episodes as judged by viewers every Monday through March 28. Creator and executive producer Phil Rosenthal will choose clips from 15 episodes of the show and post them online at CBS.com starting Sunday, Feb. 13. Viewers will be able to vote for their favorite clips through Feb. 27. The top five vote getters will be aired in February and March.

Ms. Tassler also announced the sixth season of “The Amazing Race” will have its two-hour finale on Tuesday, Feb. 8, starting at 9 p.m. Three weeks later the seventh installment of “Amazing Race” will premiere with a special two-hour episode March 1.

CBS has also scheduled “A Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Romance Rescue” for Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 9 p.m., hosted by Dr. Phil McGraw.

On Feb. 22 at 9 p.m., CBS will air the one-hour “One Day at a Time Reunion Special,” featuring interviews with the 1970s sitcom’s cast members, including Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington, Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli.

Accompanying the four-hour May miniseries “Elvis,” which will air in two parts Sunday, May 8, at 9 p.m. and Wednesday, May 11, at 8 p.m., CBS will also run a two-hour special “Elvis by the Presleys” Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m. The special will feature interviews with Priscilla Beaulieu Presley and Lisa Marie Presley.

In addition, the upcoming “Survivor: Palau” will have its two-hour season finale Sunday, May 15, starting at 8 p.m., followed by a special reunion show shot at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.