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Talking ‘Men of a Certain Age’ with Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher

December 6, 2010 |  2:18 pm

Men of a Certain Age

You don't find many bromances on TV these days. But arm-wrestling for male-bonding supremacy is TNT’s "Men of a Certain Age," which returns for its second season Monday. The show finds the central characters played by Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher right back where they left off: meeting over lunch at a Norm's restaurant to make sense of work, women and life in general.

A recent lunch interview with Romano, Bakula and Braugher in the Norm's diner set on a Paramount soundstage found that the on-screen level of simpatico among the actors carries over into real-life conversation, whether frivolous or serious. Sample:

Question: "Men of a Certain Age's" average viewing age in the first season was about 50, which roughly mirrors the character's ages. But it drew slightly more women than men — any reason for that?

Ray Romano: "The cast's total sex appeal. [laughter] Though I tell you what I don't bring, I don't bring [a derriere]."

Andre Braugher: "I have enough to cover both these guys."

Click here to read the complete conversation with the stars of “Men of a Certain Age” after you check out the video clip below.

-- Christopher Smith

Photo: Andre Braugher, Ray Romano and Scott Bakula on the set of "Men of a Certain Age." Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times