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Perry is co-writing, executive producing and starring in the reboot of the classic Neil Simon play that spawned a successful movie and TV series. "Frasier" writer Joe Keenan is co-writing with Perry, who is set to play the messy Oscar Madison half of the disparate roomies. The fastidious Felix Unger has not been cast yet, but Zap2it has some suggestions.
"The Odd Couple" has seen many big and small screen iterations over the years, most notably the 1968 movie starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau and the 1970 TV series starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.
Neil Simon’s classic The Odd Couple is getting closer to a primetime return with a pilot order by CBS to the multi-camera version starring, co-written and executive produced by Matthew Perry. The project, which had a script commitment with penalty, is a new take on two mismatched roommates — the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and the neat freak Felix Unger. It was written by Perry and Frasier veteran Joe Keenan, the latter replacing original co-writer Danny Jacobson. The Odd Couple pilot hails from CBS TV Studios and two of its top pods, Timberman-Beverly and The Tannenbaum Co. It marks Friends alum Perry’s return to multi-camera comedy after two single-camera shows — ABC’s Mr. Sunshine, which he also co-created, and NBC’s Go On. Simon’s play The Odd Couple premiered on Broadway in 1965 with Walter Matthau as Oscar and Art Carney as Felix and spawned a successful 1968 movie in »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Felix and Oscar took a big step forward to being back in prime-time.
CBS has greenlit a pilot for its The Odd Couple remake starring Matthew Perry. There’s no story details yet, with CBS simply saying the project based on Neil Simon’s Broadway classic about two mismatched roommates — the perfectionist Felix Unger (not yet cast) and lackadaisical Oscar Madison (Perry). There’s previously been a 1965 play version, a 1968 film and a 1970-75 series (starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall).
The Odd Couple marks Perry’s third attempt in recent years at a new sitcom project, following ABC’s »
- James Hibberd
The half-hour comedy will star the “Friends” alum as the messy Oscar Madison, the sometimes-friend and sometimes-foil to neat freak Felix Ungar. This project marks Perry’s return to multicamera work, as his recent TV roles have included appearing on “The Good Wife” and “Cougar Town” and starring in the short-lived “Mr. Sunshine.”
CBS had announced a script commitment plus penalty to a reinvention of this project in December.
“The Odd Couple” originated as a theater production and was adapted into the 1968 Jack Lemmon-Walter Matthau feature film before seeing two runs on ABC, the first of which starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. »
- Whitney Friedlander
A football game, a couple of Billy Wilder films and a comic top our list of TV show recommendations for tonight, Sunday, February 2, 2104. 12 Angry Men Airs: February 02 at 3:15 Pt/6:15 Et TCM has 12 Angry Men, Sidney Lumet’s 1957 classic in which a single juror tries to convince the other 11 jurors to reconsider their guilty verdict in a murder trial, at 3:15 Pt/6:15 Et. Starring Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, Jack Klugman and Jack Warden. Super Bowl Xlviii Airs: February 02 at 3:30 Pt/6:30 Et The Denver Broncos battle the Seattle Seahawks in East Rutherford New Jersey in Super Bowl Xlviii on Fox at 3:30 Pt/6:30 Et. Bruce Mars and the Red Hot Chili Pepper perform at halftime. The Lost Weekend Airs: February 02 at 5:00 Pt/8:00 Et Four time Oscar winner (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay), The Lost Weekend, Billy Wilder’s 1945 drama about an alcoholic writer, »
- Vitale Morum
“Glee” star Cory Monteith was honored at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, but the music industry event’s team forgot to spell-check the late actor’s name. An “In Memoriam” segment featuring the actor misspelled his last name as ”Montieth,” sending Gleeks into a social media-enabled sputter of outrage. Also read: Cory Monteith’s Mom: ‘Glee’ Star is Worthy of ‘In Memoriam’ – Jack Klugman’s Son is ‘Misdirected’ Monteith, who played the sweet-natured football star Finn Hudson on the Fox sitcom, died of a heroin and alcohol overdose in July at age 31. He was honored last fall in an Emmy Awards “In Memoriam” segment. »
- Brent Lang
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