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Ray Romano: Looking 53 in high-def ‘not fun’

Ray Romano’s “Men CertaAge” returns Wednesday.

Ray Romano’s “Men of a Certain Age” returns Wednesday.

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Updated: July 3, 2011 12:09PM



Television men of a certain age have issues. Just ask Ray Romano. He’s again displaying his 53-year-old self on “Men of a Certain Age,” returning to TNT at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Is the former “Everybody Loves Raymond” star concerned about fine lines and wrinkles?

“I’m a little different from the average dude because I’m on high-def TV now,” he says. “So, while it’s fun to have a show about middle age, it’s not fun being on high-def TV looking middle-age.”

It’s not that he’s vain, but still ...

“‘Raymond’ went off the air five years ago,” he says. “At least people know what I look like now, and they’re not surprised when they see me in person. I’m aging, and the world is seeing it. So, when I go back to my neighborhood, I never get, ‘Wow, do you look old!’”

Q. People don’t usually think about men talking about feelings. Is that what you tapped into with this show?

A. Most men are dealing with serious stuff these days. They need to talk to the women and the men in their lives. I don’t think men talk as much as women, but when we have something on our minds we’ll get it out. The show never gets too heavy with the issues although there are moments of heaviness from men dealing with relationships, aging and middle age.

Q. Do you ever look in the mirror and think, “Who is this guy?”

A. I see the lines, and your face changes a little bit. It’s weird as a guy to notice this stuff, because frankly men are trained to only look in the mirror and ask one thing: “Is that a rash?”

Q. Any chance you’d replace Steve Carell on “The Office”?

A. I did do that cameo where I interview for his job. I’m not giving anything away when I say to the world, “I have my own show.” So that means I’m not going to be on that show as a regular. That said, I’d love to do a few more cameos on “The Office.”

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