Stan’s Quirky Comedy ‘Made for Love’ Shows Off a Darker Side of Ray Romano

For nine seasons, audiences knew actor and comedian Ray Romano as the deeply sarcastic, and often neglectful, patriarch in Everybody Loves Raymond.

In a new dark comedy series Made For Love, viewers will see a different side to the actor as he recites Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love and lives life with a synthetic partner. 

The quirky series, based on Alissa Nutting’s tragicomic novel of the same name, will in April, only on Stan and also stars How I Met Your Mother’s Cristin Milioti. 

Made for Love is a dark, absurd, and cynically poignant story of divorce and revenge, which follows Hazel Green (Milioti), a thirty-something woman on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to Byron Gogol (Billy Magnussen), a controlling tech billionaire.

Soon she discovers that her husband has implanted a monitoring device – the Made for Love chip – in her brain, allowing him to track her, watch her, and know her “emotional data” as she tries to regain her independence. Through the chip, Byron’s able to watch Hazel’s every move as she flees to her desert hometown to take refuge with her ageing widower father Herbert (Romano) and his synthetic partner, Diane.

Cristin Milioti Credit: Stan

Milioti, who was one of the stars of Palm Springs, spoke to EW about the differences between Hazel and her character in the Golden Globes nominated film saying, “Certainly there is a similar element of being trapped. I would say that Sarah has a lot more agency than Hazel. And I think that’s something that goes throughout the season. 

“In my opinion, Hazel is someone who is deathly afraid to feel and Sarah was someone who felt so much that it could be an issue. And so I think for me that is probably why it feels so different to be inside of it, even though there were definitely times in the desert where I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve been in this desert before!'”

The dark comedy also stars Dan Bakkedahl (Veep) and Noma Dumezweni (The Undoing) along with recurring guest stars Caleb Foote (The Kids Are Alright), Kym Whitley (Young & Hungry), Nyasha Hatendi (Casual) and Patti Harrison (Shrill), Ione Skye (Camping), Jon Daly (I’m Dying Up Here), Matty Cardarople (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Mel Rodriguez (The Last Man on Earth) and Sarunas Jackson (Good Trouble).

Check out the trailer for Made for Love, below and catch the series, only on Stan, in April.

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