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Primetime Show Reviews
"Men of a Certain Age"
review by Suzanne
Premieres Wednesday, June 1, at 10 pm ET/9 C on TNT
I really love this show, and I'm glad it's coming back. TNT sent
me six episodes that are airing this summer, starting June 1st. You should
definitely check it out if you haven't already.
It follows three middle-aged friends: Joe, Terry and Owen. It is probably the
most realistic show on TV. It really shows people in real life and what they go
through (well, without the boring parts). Even though I'm not a guy, I can
relate to it. It has lots of humor and drama. Unlike many TV series, it is not
at all predictable.
Without giving too much away....Joe has to deal with his golf sucking, and how
easily it is for him to slip back into gambling. Terry finds new confidence,
thanks to his job going well, and the ups and downs of his love life. Owen finds
his groove at the car dealership, while dealing with employees and family.
The final episode wraps things up really well...I hope that doesn't mean the end
of the series. If so, I will be very sad. I hope the show lasts a long time!! I
just wish they did more episodes per year, but I know the reason for that is
partly because the writing is so good, and it might suffer if they had more
episodes to worry about.
Make sure to check it out on TNT Wednesday, June 1st!
About Men of a Certain Age
Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher Return in All-New Episodes of TNT’s
Peabody Award-Winning Series MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE, Beginning Wednesday, June 1
America’s favorite trio of middle-aged men are back this summer as TNT’s MEN OF
A CERTAIN AGE returns with six all-new episodes beginning Wednesday, June 1, at
10 p.m. (ET/PT). Hailed by critics and viewers for its funny, smart and honest
look at the ups and downs of midlife, MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE was recently the
winner of a prestigious Peabody Award. The series, now in its second season,
stars Emmy® winner Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond), Golden Globe® winner
Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise) and Emmy winner Andre
Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street, TNT’s Salem’s Lot).
MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE, a TNT Original Production, was created by Romano and
fellow Everybody Loves Raymond Emmy winner Mike Royce, who serve as executive
producers with Rory Rosegarten and Cary Hoffman.
A new romance, ever-increasing pressure at work and a strange, budding
friendship are just a few of the issues facing the guys at the center of MEN OF
A CERTAIN AGE. Joe (Romano), the divorced, slightly neurotic party-store owner
and father of two, finds himself drawn into a friendship with his neighbor and
former bookie, who has been diagnosed with cancer. Joe is also working hard to
rekindle his professional golf career by training for a spot on the senior tour.
Though he has managed to overcome his gambling problem, a new temptation arises.
Owen (Braugher), who has a wonderful wife (LisaGay Hamilton) and three young
children, is finally starting to assert himself after his father turned over the
keys to the family automobile dealership. But so far, the job has been a
nightmare. Resistant to the idea of retiring, Owen’s father (Richard Gant)
constantly tries to undermine his authority and has told Owen that the
dealership is financially in the red.
Terry (Bakula) has decided to give up his acting career and go to work for Owen
as a car salesman, a job that seems well suited to his ample charms and need for
stability. Terry also reconnected with Erin (Melinda McGraw), a woman who once
played opposite him in a popular commercial. But their relationship has left him
confused about the possibility of pursuing a life together.
MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE premiered on TNT in December 2009 and ended the year as one
of basic cable’s Top 5 original series. The show also appeared on several
television critics’ year-end Top 10 lists and earned Braugher an Emmy nomination
for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Through the first half of
its second season, MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE averaged more than 3 million viewers and
1.3 million adults 25-54.
Ray Romano/Joe (Co-Creator, Writer and Executive Producer)
Emmy®-winning actor, writer, producer and comedian Ray Romano has been a popular
figure on television since the 1996 premiere of his long-running comedy hit
Everybody Loves Raymond. The hugely successful CBS sitcom earned him three
Emmys, four People’s Choice Awards and an American Comedy Award.
In addition to television, Romano has also enjoyed success on the big screen
with his hilarious voice work as Manny the wooly mammoth in the animated
blockbuster Ice Age and its enormously popular sequels, including Ice Age 4,
which is due out this summer. His other film credits include Eulogy, Welcome to
Mooseport, The Last Word, Grilled, The Grand and an autobiographical documentary
about Romano’s life on tour titled 95 Miles To Go.
An accomplished author, Romano wrote The New York Times bestseller Everything
and a Kite. Working with his brothers Bobby and Rich Romano, he wrote the
children’s book Raymie, Dickie, and The Bean: Why I Love and Hate My Brothers.
The audio version of the book was nominated for a Grammy® in 2006 for Best
Spoken Word album. Romano previously earned a Grammy nomination for the comedy
album Live at Carnegie Hall in 2002.
Romano began his career in comedy with an open-mic performance at a New York
comedy club in 1984. He eventually left the 9-to-5 ranks to pursue comedy full
time. After winning a New York radio competition for standup comedians, Romano
took his act to comedy clubs across the country, followed by high-profile
appearances on The Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman. The latter
paved the way for Romano to sign a deal with Letterman’s production company,
Worldwide Pants, for Everybody Loves Raymond.
Romano lives in California with his wife and four children.
Scott Bakula became a familiar face to television viewers through his
performance on the innovative series Quantum Leap, which earned him a Golden
Globe® for Best Actor in a Drama Series, three additional Golden Globe
nominations, four Emmy nominations and five honors from Viewers for Quality
Television. A consummate musical performer, he also sang songs on several
episodes of the series.
Bakula’s television credits include the Emmy-winning Boston Legal, Chuck, The
New Adventures of Old Christine, Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union and the
Lifetime movie adaptation of Nora Robert’s best-selling book Blue Smoke. Before
that, he earned a People’s Choice Award nomination for his work as Captain
Jonathan Archer on the series Star Trek: Enterprise, the fifth installment in
the Star Trek television franchise.
Bakula’s extensive film credits include American Beauty, Life as a House, Ghost
of a Chance, Lord of Illusions, Major League: Back to the Minors, Mi Familia/My
Family, Color of Night, A Passion to Kill, Necessary Roughness and Sibling
Rivalry. He also provided the voice for Danny the cat in the animated musical
Cats Don’t Dance. His most recent film was Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant!,
starring Matt Damon.
Bakula returned to his roots on the stage. He played Nathan Detroit in a
production of Guys & Dolls at the famed Hollywood Bowl as well as starred in
Dancing in the Dark at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. Other credits include
Jane Anderson’s Quality of Life at the Geffen Playhouse, No Strings at UCLA’s
Freud Playhouse and Shenandoah at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.
Born in St. Louis, Bakula moved to New York in 1976 to pursue his first love,
the theater. In 1988, he was honored with a Tony® nomination for his starring
role in the Broadway musical Romance/Romance. Before that, he made his Broadway
debut as Joe DiMaggio in Marilyn: An American Fable. His other theater credits
include the critically acclaimed off-Broadway and Los Angeles productions of
Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down and the Los Angeles and Boston productions
of Nite Club Confidential. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, twice at the
Kennedy Center Honors and on several occasions at the Hollywood Bowl.
André Braugher is perhaps best known for his riveting, Emmy-winning portrayal of
Detective Frank Pembleton on the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street. He won
a second Emmy for his performance in the FX miniseries Thief. His additional
Emmy nominations recognized his work in the television series Gideon’s Crossing
and the HBO film The Tuskegee Airmen. Most recently Braugher earned an Emmy
nomination for his role as Owen in MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE.
MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE marks Braugher’s fourth project for TNT. In 2004, he
co-starred with Rob Lowe in the TNT original miniseries Salem’s Lot, based on
the Stephen King bestseller. In 1999, he starred in the TNT original movie
Passing Glory. In 1990, he played legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson in
the TNT original movie The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson, which told the
lesser-known story of Robinson’s struggle to overcome segregation in the South
after being drafted into the Army during World War II.
Braugher’s additional television work includes the A&E miniseries The Andromeda
Strain, the CBS series Hack and such movies and miniseries as Showtime’s A
Soldier’s Girl, Love Songs and 10,000 Black Men Named George, the latter of
which he executive-produced and for which he earned an NAACP Image Award
nomination; HBO’s Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture; and NBC’s Murder in
Mississippi. He began his television career as Lt. Theo Kojak’s sidekick in TV
movies based on the original Kojak series.
In addition to Braugher’s success on the small screen, audiences have seen him
star in a variety of feature film roles, including Glory, Primal Fear, Spike
Lee’s Get on the Bus, City of Angels, Thick as Thieves, All The Rage, Frequency,
Duets, Poseidon, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Mist, Passengers
A versatile performer, Braugher most recently appeared on stage at the Manhattan
Theatre Club in The Whipping Man. Additionally, he has appeared on stage with
the New York Shakespeare Festival in Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night and in
the title role of Henry V, the latter earning him an Obie Award. He portrayed
King Claudius in the Public Theatre’s presentation of Hamlet in Shakespeare in
the Park. His other Public Theatre productions include The Way of the World and
Shakespeare’s Richard II and Coriolanus. He also played Iago in the Folger
Shakespeare Festival production of Othello and performed the title role in
Macbeth for the Philadelphia Drama Guild.
Braugher, who was born and raised in Chicago, earned a B.A. from Stanford
University and an M.F.A. from Juilliard.
Joe (Ray Romano)
Joe is an easygoing but slightly neurotic father in the midst of a divorce.
Years ago, he put his dreams of becoming a professional golfer on hold and
opened a party supply store. Now, with a new house to pay for and some success
at beating the gambling problem that contributed to the failure of his marriage,
he’s ready to get his golf swing back so he can secure a spot on the senior golf
tour. Joe’s love life is also on the mend. Despite a failed attempt at a
relationship last year, he may soon find he has his hands full with more than he
can handle. Meanwhile, Joe tries to be a good parent, helping his son overcome
anxiety issues and his daughter deal with boyfriend troubles. Joe even surprises
himself on numerous occasions with how he’s able to handle his kids’ tricky
Terry (Scott Bakula)
For years, Terry has been the perpetual bachelor of the group, with his
laid-back approach to life and love that was half-envied and half-mocked by his
friends. Terry has spent much of his adult life auditioning for acting gigs and
trying to live down an embarrassing commercial he made years ago. Last year, he
decided to take a job as the manager of his apartment complex, but the results
were disastrous. Now, he’s ready to settle down and act more like a grown up. He
has a new job selling cars at the dealership owned by Owen’s father, but time
will tell whether he’s really suited for a 9-to-5 job, especially one that has
him answering to Owen.
Owen (Andre Braugher)
Owen works incredibly hard to put food on the table for his loving wife and
three young children, but he’s had to do it by working for one of the most
difficult and demanding bosses imaginable – his father. After originally being
rejected as heir apparent to the auto dealership his father built, Owen has
finally convinced him he’s the right man for the job. Now, in his new role as
the boss, Owen must deal with employee feuds, the competition and the future of
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama.
Seen in 100.5 million households, the network is home to such original series as
The Closer, starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick; Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie
Harmon and Sasha Alexander; 2011 Peabody Award winner Men of a Certain Age, with
Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton;
Hawthorne, with Jada Pinkett Smith; Memphis Beat, with Jason Lee; and Southland,
from Emmy-winning producer John Wells (ER); as well as the upcoming Falling
Skies, starring Noah Wyle, and Franklin & Bash, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and
Breckin Meyer. TNT also presents such powerful dramas as Bones, Supernatural,
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