‘Raymond’ creator on new meals present and sitcom reunion desires

Phil Rosenthal’s newest quirky dive into mixing meals and journey differs from his final collection in three key substances: a brand new TV dwelling, a brand new title and even its personal theme music courtesy of band Lake Avenue Dive.

The six-episode Netflix unique collection, “Anyone Feed Phil,” premiering Friday, options the “Everyone Loves Raymond” touring around the globe (stops embody Portugal, Saigon, Bangkok and Tel Aviv), sampling native delicacies and giving viewers a travelogue-type glimpse into every nation’s tradition. And, not like the award-winning “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having” — which aired on PBS in 2015 — “Anyone Feed Phil” shall be accessible to a worldwide viewers.

Rosenthal, 57, chatted with The Submit about “Anyone Feed Phil” — and what goes into producing a collection of this scope.

The place does the present’s title come from?

I assumed you need to convey slightly little bit of humor within the title and I assumed it denotes character, like I’m someone you would wish to care for. Or if you happen to forgot to feed the canine in your loved ones: “Hey, someone feed Phil!”

Rosenthal has some ice cream in Lisbon.Courtesy of Netflix

How do you select your locations and plan your itinerary?

I work with am wonderful manufacturing firm known as Zero Level Zero. They do [Anthony] Bourdain’s present [CNN’s “Parts Unknown”] and have contacts everywhere in the world. They inform me about new, sizzling issues and join me with cooks. I do my very own analysis as effectively. Everybody can do their very own analysis; they’ve the best analysis instrument of their pockets — they simply Google stuff on their telephones. It’s not that onerous. I discover 50 articles with everybody’s opinion and begin cross-referencing; if two or three articles point out Ramiro [restaurant] in Lisbon, for example, then I do know it’s value testing.

How lengthy do you spend in every location?

We’re all the time there 9 or 10 days in every place, and we take little aspect journeys to see what’s round. We shoot a documentary; we might make a three-hour present from every episode however we winnow it down. All of us love meals and I plan my journeys round meals — I do know lots of people do. The meals and jokes are a hook, however there’s actual worth in touring. It’s the best factor.

You’re a fairly skinny man. How do you keep that manner consuming a lot meals?

Each single day I do one thing. I’ve to, as I become old. Possibly I was skinny as a child however your metabolism slows down. This collection does little or no to take care of physique fats. I’ve to restrict what I eat. You understand how they starve a canine proper earlier than the pet business? I attempt to eat little or no till I’m making the present. They’re simply pummeling me with meals and it could possibly turn into a chore and I by no means need it to be that, since I like meals nearly as a lot as something in life. Right here’s the opposite secret: I’m not ending it. It’s very uncommon that I’m going to complete [a meal]. I don’t need to get too full. And I’ve a crew of individuals drooling and I’ve to present them some. We attempt to restrict it to 2 to a few meals a day, like a standard particular person.

‘They’re simply pummeling me with meals and it could possibly turn into a chore and I by no means need it to be that, since I like meals nearly as a lot as something in life.’

Is there one dish that stands out from this season?

One thing simply popped into my head. There’s a dish in Bangkok, in Chiang Mai within the north. An excellent Thai chef took me to a spot for one thing known as Khao Soi, a bowl of coconut curry soup with … complete drumsticks of hen or massive, large items of stewed beef over recent noodles. After which there’s pickled mustard greens and shallots and onions and chilies after which there’s crispy noodles placed on high. So this is likely one of the most scrumptious issues I’ve ever eaten in my life and it prices $1 — if you’d like hen or beef it’s $1.50 ’trigger they should make a deal.

With all of the current TV reboots, any likelihood we’ll ever see an “Everyone Loves Raymond” ?

How am I gonna do this present with out Frank and Marie [late co-stars Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts]? Is it enjoyable? I’m old fashioned. I like to recollect issues the best way they had been. It’s not just like the present doesn’t exist — you may see it in reruns on a regular basis. Right here’s what I’d do: a one-time reunion of all people — the actors and writers onstage collectively — we’ve really carried out this, proper after we wrapped “Raymond” [in 2005]. We toured the nation, with the writers and Ray [Romano] and every of us writers advised a narrative of one thing horrible that occurred to us at dwelling after which we confirmed a clip of the episode that [situation] grew to become. And that I’d do as a TV particular, that will be enjoyable to do, a reunion present that manner.

I do know individuals need to see the actors, in fact, so we’d have them. These are all actually humorous, nice individuals … simply them riffing for an hour can be so fantastic. Then we get to see the place they’re now, how they work together now. Are they precisely the identical they had been then? How have they advanced? Now Ray’s an Oscar-worthy actor, proper? That’ll make Brad [Garrett] additional offended. That might be humorous. I’d love to do this. There’s nothing I’d like to do extra. I simply don’t like the concept, for us, of attempting to recreate one thing we thought was lightning in a bottle for 9 years, one thing that was so good for us. I liked each second of it. Thank God for reruns.

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