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Exclusive: “ ‘Eff You!’ ” I answered. Garry Marshall already knew when he asked me, but he wanted to see whether I knew what I was talking about. We were discussing Neil Simon, who I said had written the all-time funniest line ever. “Which line?” Marshall asked. “F.U.,” I answered.
“I can’t take it anymore, Felix, I’m cracking up. Everything you do irritates me. And when you’re not here, the things I know you’re gonna do when you come in irritate me. You leave me little notes on my pillow. Told you 158 times I can’t stand little notes on my pillow. “We’re all out of cornflakes. F.U.” Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Ungar!”
Marshall concurs and reminds me that the line is from the Broadway script of The Odd Couple »
- Jeremy Gerard
His son James told the Lat that Larson passed away of complications from esophageal cancer Friday night at UCLA Medical Center.
Larson had a string of TV hits in the 1970s and 80s, and dozens of writing and producing credits to his name. He created his first show, “Alias Smith and Jones,” in 1971, but left the ABC Western right after star Peter Duel committed suicide.
He created “Battlestar Galactica” a few years later. Although the series only lasted a single season (ABC cut the cord in 1979 after two dozen episodes partly because of its hefty production cost), it spawned a series of spinoffs. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Glen A. Larson, the television writer-producer who created Battlestar Galactica, among many other hits series, died on Friday at the age of 77. Larson's son told The Hollywood Reporter that he died of esophageal cancer at UCLA Medical Center.
Larson's incredibly fruitful television career came after a stint in the 1950s pop group the Four Preps. After working as a story editor and producer on It Takes a Thief, he created his first show with the western Alias Smith and Jones, followed by The Six Million Dollar Man. In 1976, Larson introduced Quincy, »
Stephen J. Cannell’s “The Greatest American Hero” is suiting up for a revival at Fox, a network that didn’t exist during the show’s initial run on ABC in 1981-83. The quirky action-comedy is one of a spate of classic-tv remakes percolating at the major networks.
Rodney Rothman (“22 Jump Street”) is penning the script for the new “Hero” and will exec produce with Phil Lord and Chris Miller for 20th Century Fox TV. Tawnia McKiernan, a busy TV director who is the daughter of Cannell, will exec produce along with Seth Cohen, head of TV for Lord and Miller’s 20th TV-based banner.
“Hero” had a bumpy run starting as a midseason entry for ABC in March 1981. But the show remains well-loved among TV buffs for its offbeat mix of comedy and fantasy. The original starred William Katt as a goofy high school teacher who has an alien »
- Cynthia Littleton
Curious to know what movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix Watch Instantly over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix. See below for a selection of titles that will be New on Netflix in July 2014! All title dates are subject to change. Available 7.1 12 Angry Men (1957) Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler Knowing full well that a guilty verdict means death, a jury of 12 men (including Jack Warden and Jack Klugman) must decide the fate of an 18-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing his father. But only one juror (Henry Fonda) wants to take the time to coolly deliberate the case. Sidney...
Pierce, who is known for his work as Det. ‘Bunk’ Moreland on “The Wire” and jazz musician Antoine Batiste on “Treme,” will again play a cop — this time a neurotic one who frequents the game nights thrown by Perry’s Oscar Madison. If the pilot goes to series, this year will shape up to be a busy one for Pierce, who was recently cast in a recurring role on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.”
He is repped by Paradigm and Essential Talent Management.
“The Odd Couple” originated as a theater production and was adapted into the »
- Whitney Friedlander
Thomas Lennon Cast As Felix Unger
Perry (Friends) had already been announced as the show’s new incarnation of Oscar Madison (the sloppy, more messy roommate). Lennon will play the role of Felix Unger, the strait-laced, neat roommate who clashes with Oscar.
The Odd Coupe has been a play, a film and a TV series. From 1970 to 1975, Tony Randall and Jack Klugman played the mismatched roommates on the original series. But before its eventual arrival to television, The Odd Couple was produced as a play by Neil Simon and then adapted into a film staring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.
Lennon, an actor-writer-producer-director, co-stared with Perry as his best friend in the Zac Efron flick 17 Again. He was most recently seen in the now-canceled Sean Saves the World on NBC, but is perhaps best known »
Matthew Perry's revamp of the classic comedy “The Odd Couple” has found its Felix. Perry's “17 Again” costar Thomas Lennon has been cast to play Felix opposite Perry's Oscar Madison in the CBS pilot. Also read: Pilot Season 2014: TheWrap's Complete Network Guide In addition to starring in the multi-camera pilot, Perry is co-writing the episode with Joe Keenan (“Frasier,” “Desperate Housewives”). Former “Friends”-ter Perry is also producing, along with Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman. Jack Klugman played sportswriter/slob Madison and Tony Randall portrayed photographer/neat freak Felix Unger in the original television adaptation of the Neil Simon play, »
- Tim Kenneally
The half-hour multi-camera comedy pilot based on the famous Neil Simon characters comes via CBS Television Studios and is exec produced by Perry, who penned the pilot with “Frasier’s” Joe Keenan, with Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum and Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman.
Lennon, who appeared in “Sean Saves the World” and “Reno 911!,” is also known for his work behind the scenes. He’s an exec producer, with writing partner R. Ben Garant, of Chris Hardwick’s Comedy Central show “@midnight.” He also appeared with Perry on “Friends” and in the 2009 New Line film “17 Again.”
- Whitney Friedlander
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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