Hit U.S. sitcom EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND is about to launch in Russia, where local producers are on the hunt for a CHER lookalike to play the role 76-year-old DORIS ROBERTS made famous from 1996 to 2005.
The show, which revolved around comedian Ray Romano's fictitious family life, currently airs in over 170 countries around the world - and Russian TV tsars are hoping to remake the series as a local favourite.
Roberts tells WENN, "They thought the person to play my role should be something like Cher. I don't know what that's gonna be like and can't wait to see that.
"They claim they're inviting the original cast to Russia for the premiere. I hope I can go and I'm gonna get a Cher wig."
And Roberts admits the now defunct comedy has some pretty powerful fans: "I got a call from Pierce Brosnan, who I worked with on Remington Steele, and he said, 'Oh Doris, I'm in the dentist's chair and I'm watching you on Everybody Loves Raymond and I'm laughing my head off.'"
Interesting though, I haven't found anything about it on Russian sites. Not that it's impossible - the series run on some channels of Russian TV, seem to be popular, and there have been remakes of other series adapted to life in Russia (I've seen an episode or two of Nanny with the actress who looked a lot like Fran Drescher) - just makes one wonder where the information comes from.