Patricia Heaton Surprises Rachael Ray

Patricia stopped by to whip up some bite-sized cranberry muffins — and tell Rachael about a charity near to her heart.

Last fall, Patricia and her teenage son traveled to Zambia with World Vision. She was taken by the culture and joy of the people she met, despite the fact that the village she visited was just receiving clean water for the first time. Patricia met her sponsored child, (seen in the video above) and brought her toys — the first she ever had.
“Instead of giving someone a tie for the tenth time for Christmas, you can order something from the World Vision catalog… like a goat,” Patricia told Rach—which can change the life of a family in poor areas of the world.

Patricia told the story of a poor family that had received five goats, given to them as donations through World Vision. When the goats arrived, they said, “Here comes our freedom.” You’ll never guess how many goats the family has now (hint: watch the video for that).

Then, Patricia gave Rachael a beautiful bracelet made in Africa, but she had another surprise up her sleeve (or actually, backstage).

The fibers are woven into wool, allowing families to sell the wool, knit it into sweaters, and achieve financial independence.

Even though Rachael called the alpaca a llama (common mistake!), the message was clear.

“You can change someone’s life!” Patricia says.

Donations start at just $16 and go a long way. Learn more at worldvision.org.

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Patricia Heaton Shares Moving Memories of Brady Bunch’s Florence Henderson

Patricia Heaton is mourning the loss of fellow TV mom, Florence Henderson.

Stopping by PEOPLE NOW, Heaton, 58, opened up about the fond memories she had of the late Brady Bunch star who died on Thursday at the age of 82.

“I had the great fortune to spend some time with Florence at some various events,” the former Everybody Loves Raymond star recalled. “She was such a great down to earth gal. She kind of had a rough upbringing and she always loved the nuns that taught her. [They] kind of saved her childhood.”

Heaton went on to add that Henderson had no problem striking up a conversation with just about anybody.

“She was just one of these gals that worked really hard and she was super down to earth. She was an old showbiz broad,” the actress said. “Even though she always looked so elegant, she was just like a great gal who would talk to anybody.”

“I’m so fortunate that I get to be a part of the great TV moms,” she continued. “It’s a little club.”

As featured on People.com.

ABC Developing Comedy ‘Kill Jill’

ABC has put in development Kill Jill, a half-hour single-camera comedy executive produced by The Middle star Patricia Heaton. The project hails from Heaton and David Hunt’s FourBoys Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV.

Written and executive produced by English comedian/writer Laura Solon, Kill Jill centers on an idealistic graduate who’s desperate to escape her small hometown. She takes a job with a glamorous West Coast businesswoman who appears to have it all — including a plot against her life.

Kill Jill stems from the pod deal FourBoys inked with WBTV in August. The company’s TV President Rebecca Stay has spearheaded the development, along with Heaton, Hunt and Solon. Founded in 2001 by husband-and-wife acting duo Heaton and Hunt, FourBoys was named after the couple’s four sons.

FourBoys Entertainment’s credits include features Moms’ Night Out for Sony starring Sarah Drew and Sean Astin and Amazing Grace for Walden Media starring Ioan Gruffud and Albert Finney, documentary feature The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania for Netflix, The Engagement Ring for TNT, the web comedy Versailles and the recent Hallmark TV movies The Christmas Heart and Christmas At The Cartwright’s.

Solon is repped by Gersh.

As featured on Deadline.com.

Patricia Heaton & David Hunt’s Company Inks Production Deal With Warner Bros. TV

David Hunt & Patricia Heaton

Patricia Heaton & David Hunt’s FourBoys Entertainment has closed a production deal with Warner Bros. Television, the studio behind Heaton’s popular ABC comedy series The Middle. Under the pact, FourBoys has hired Rebecca Stay as President of Television, and Amelia Taggart as VP of Theatrical.

Founded in 2001 by husband-and-wife acting duo Heaton and Hunt, FourBoys, named after the couple’s four sons, will develop and produce new series projects for WBTV. It will be housed on the Warner Bros. lot. The pod deal comes on the heels of Heaton signing a new contract to continue on The Middle, now entering its seventh season on ABC.

FourBoys Entertainment’s credits include features Moms’ Night Out for Sony starring Sarah Drew and Sean Astin; and Amazing Grace for Walden Media starring Ioan Gruffud and Albert Finney; the documentary feature film The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania for Netflix; as well as The Engagement Ring for TNT; the web comedy Versailles; and the recent Hallmark TV movies The Christmas Heart and Christmas at the Cartwright’s.

Stay has worked as development executive for Salma Hayek’s Ventanarosa, Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky’s Is Or Isn’t Entertainment and Greer Shephard and Michael Robin’s Shephard/Robin Prods. The veteran, who also worked in development at UPN, most recently was a consultant.

Taggart spent six years as a feature film executive at Yari Film Group. Prior to that, she worked in physical production on features and series.

As featured on Deadline.com.