Ray Romano returning to TV with male drama

Actor Ray Romano poses at the premiere of his new film "The Grand", set in the world of professional poker, in Hollywood March 5 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Ray Romano is returning to series TV for the first time since his Emmy-winning comedy “Everybody Loves Raymond” ended almost four years ago.

TNT has ordered 10 episodes of his midlife-crisis drama “Men of a Certain Age,” which is set to premiere this year.

Written by Romano and “Raymond” alumnus Mike Royce, “Men” explores the bonds of male friendship through the eyes of three college buddies -- Joe (Romano), Owen (Andre Braugher) and Terry (Scott Bakula) -- who are in their 40s. (Romano and Bakula are actually in their 50s.)

The order for “Men” comes on the heels of two similar 10-episode pickups by TNT last week -- “Time Heals,” a medical drama starring Jada Pinkett Smith; and “The Line,” a cop drama starring Dylan McDermott.

“Everybody Loves Raymond” ended its nine-season run on CBS in 2005.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter