A documentary chronicling the efforts of Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal (pictured) to recreate the sitcom for Russian TV will debut on HBO on February 16.
The film follows the producer during a 2009 trip to Russia and documents the action as he encounters cultural and language barriers during the casting process and principal photography and deals with production challenges, which turn out to be similar to American production pitfalls.
“The mission to Moscow was not without peril and a very real sense of danger,” Rosenthal said in a statement. “You could say I was the James Bond of Jewish television writers.”
Produced by Where’s Lunch and Full On Service Production, the comic doc was written and directed by Rosenthal, executive produced by John Woldenberg and produced by Rosenthal and Jim Czarnecki. It won the 2010 Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival and earned best comedy feature honors at the Sedona Film Festival.
Everybody Loves Raymond starred comedian Ray Romano and aired for nine seasons on CBS.
Exporting Raymond will premiere on HBO on February 16 and repeat on February 19, 22 and 28.