Comic and sitcom star Ray Romano could return to the small screen via on TNT.
The drama network has ordered a pilot of the character-based Men of a Certain Age in which Roman stars a guy taking a wry look at mid-life and the bonds of male friendship.
Romano, whose sitcom hit Everybody Loves Raymond appears on TNT sister service, TBS, wrote the pilot script with Mike Royce. They will executive-produce, while Royce will serve as showrunner.
The pilot order continues TNT’s push toward building three nights of original programming in 2010. The network now has 15 projects in various stages of development, including both scripted dramas and unscripted programs.
“Men of a Certain Age is about the highs and lows of being a guy in the modern era. It’s about three best friends, each hoping to fulfill his dreams before the clock starts running out,” said Michael Wright, senior vice president in charge of the content creation group for TNT and its sister networks, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, in a statement. “It’s an honest, emotional, funny and very personal take on the subject. Men of a Certain Age is a very special project for TNT, and we’re proud to be doing it with Ray and Mike. When we read the script we knew right away this is a series we want to bring to our audience.”