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EVERYBODY LOVES GOOD TIMING

It's official: Everybody Loves Raymond will return next fall for a shortened ninth and final season, CBS announced on Sunday — the day before NBC's big fall presentation to advertisers in New York. (That noise you hear is CBS thunder-stealer Les Moonves going, "Mwhahahahahaha!") Taking a page from Friends' book, Raymond will air just 16 original episodes next season as opposed to the traditional 22. "The decision about coming back was always about maintaining the quality, and not feeling like we've overstayed our welcome," says star-producer Ray Romano. "I look forward to being a hapless, sexless husband once again in year nine." (As Summer from The O.C. would say: "Um, overshare!")

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It's official: Everybody Loves Raymond will return next fall for a shortened ninth and final season, CBS announced on Sunday — the day before NBC's big fall presentation to advertisers in New York. (That noise you hear is CBS thunder-stealer Les Moonves going, "Mwhahahahahaha!") Taking a page from Friends' book, Raymond will air just 16 original episodes next season as opposed to the traditional 22. "The decision about coming back was always about maintaining the quality, and not feeling like we've overstayed our welcome," says star-producer Ray Romano. "I look forward to being a hapless, sexless husband once again in year nine." (As Summer from The O.C. would say: "Um, overshare!")