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EW reports Garry Marshall has been cast in season two of The Odd Couple, on CBS. Marshall will cameo as Oscar Madison's father. Based on the Neil Simon play, Marshall and Jerry Belson created the 1970 ABC TV series, starring Jack Klugman as slob Oscar Madison, and Tony Randall as neatnik Felix Unger. In February 2015, CBS premiered this latest remake, with Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon in the respective roles.
Despite a ratings slide, in May 2015, CBS renewed the series for a second season. Per EW, the season two premiere date has not yet been announced. Along with Perry and Lennon, The Odd Couple cast includes Lindsay Sloane as Emily; Wendell Pierce as Teddy; and Yvette Nicole Brown as Dani. CBS credits Marshall as Executive Consultant.
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Al Molinaro, who played Al Delvecchio, the owner of Arnold’s Drive-In, on the popular ABC sitcom Happy Days, died Thursday in a Wisconsin hospital, according to TMZ. He was 96. Molinaro's son confirmed the actor's death to TMZ, saying that he had gallstones and elected not to have a surgical procedure because of his age. Molinaro also was known for portraying Murray the Cop, the poker-playing buddy to Tony Randall’s Felix Unger and Jack Klugman’s Oscar Madison, on an earlier ABC sitcom, The Odd Couple, co-created by Garry Marshall from the Neil Simon play. A native of Kenosha,
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"The show really hinges on the chemistry between Oscar and Felix. That's the whole deal. We got really lucky in hiring the great Thomas Lennon to play Felix. The show works and is funny," says Matthew Perry about the new adaptation of the classic comedy "The Odd Couple." The hit CBS laffer centers on sloppy sportscaster Oscar Madison (Perry) and finicky photographer Felix Unger (Lennon) who share an apartment after divorcing their wives. In our recent video chat (watch below), Perry admits, "I was a huge fan of the TV show and a giant fan of the movie. I was a big fan of Walter Matthau and Jack Klugman, so playing Oscar Madison has been a dream-come-true role... The key to playing Oscar is to not do an impression of these guys because they were so wonderful." -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders Perry also serves as »
Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies. Enjoy, and please refrain from suing us if you feel otherwise...
1. Devil’s Advocate (1997)
Keanu Reeves plays Kevin Lomax, a hot-shot young Florida lawyer who is all about climbing the ladder. When he gets an offer he can’t refuse from a high-powered New York firm, led by the legendary John Milton »
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By the mid-1960s, the notorious Hayes Code, the censorship standards begun in the 1930s, had begun to fall away. Films like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Bonnie & Clyde, The Graduate and In the Heat of the Night started pushing the envelope in terms of “adult” content portrayed on-screen. With the advent of the MPAA rating system in November, 1968 a new era of freedom was ushered in. Filmmakers could frankly portray sex, violence, profanity and formerly taboo subject matters. While the aforementioned films are all iconic in stature, one of the key films that pushed the rating system into being is now largely forgotten.
Roderick Thorp’s 1966 novel The Detective became an instant best-seller, a mammoth (600 pages), unflinching look at Joe Leland, a weary veteran cop who finds his legal and personal mettle tested while investigating the brutal murder of a wealthy, gay department store heir. »
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The original television version of The Odd Couple ran for five seasons on ABC and Jack Klugman and Tony Randall were beloved in their roles as Oscar and Felix. How will this new version perform in the ratings for CBS? Will it be a hit or a flop? Cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.
On this version of The Odd Couple, endearing slob Oscar Madison (Matthew Perry) is a sports-writer and uptight neat freak Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon) is a photographer. They're two former college buddies who become unlikely roommates after the demise of their marriages. Other castmembers are Lindsay Sloane, Wendell Pierce, and Yvette Nicole Brown.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated »
Starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, the original Odd Couple TV show ran for five seasons on ABC. A later version called The New Odd Couple was cancelled after 18 episodes. How's this new version doing? Will it see a second season?
On CBS' version of The Odd Couple, endearing slob Oscar Madison (Matthew Perry) is a sports-writer and uptight neat freak Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon) is a photographer. They're two former college buddies who become unlikely roommates after the demise of their marriages. Other castmembers are Lindsay Sloane, Wendell Pierce, and Yvette Nicole Brown.
Airing on the night of the Two and a Half Men series finale, the newest Odd Couple debuted to a very healthy 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 13.57 million viewers. In week two, the numbers fell by 10% in the demo and 18% in viewership. In week three, »
One could excuse Matthew Perry if he feels snakebit. Since Friends disbanded in 2004, Perry has led respectable but ultimately rejected efforts in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Mr. Sunshine and Go On. Fortunately, Perry’s latest project, a sitcom reboot of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, has a few things going for it that his previous attempts did not. It’s got a solid foundation of well-known source material from the 1968 Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau film and the 1970s Tony Randall/Jack Klugman TV series. It’s got an incredibly simple premise. And it’s on CBS, who’s giving it a plum premiere … Continue reading →
- Ryan Berenz
Old show. New cast. Same laughs.
On Thursday, Feb. 19, CBS is hoping The Odd Couple — their modern reboot of the classic sitcom — is going to appeal to a whole new generation of TV viewers, while still satisfying the nostalgia aspect of those who loved the original.
Starring Matthew Perry as Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as Felix Unger, The Odd Couple will feature the now-iconic sitcom troupe of what happens when two completely opposite men (one's a neat-freak, while the other is a slob) are forced to move in together.
News: 'Odd Couple' with Matthew Perry Among 8 New CBS Series
To help get the perfect mix of old and new, Garry Marshall, who executive produced and developed their original early ’70s sitcom, is working behind-the-scenes as a consultant on the CBS reboot.
So what's going to be the biggest difference between the old Odd Couple and the new? According to executive producer Bob Daily, the answer »
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