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A shake-up at CBS' upcoming adaptation of Neil Simon's classic "The Odd Couple" means that "Community" veteran Yvette Nicole Brown will be back on TV in no time. The show is currently being retooled, with Brown stepping in for Sarah Baker ("Go On"), who recently exited the show along with Georgia King, according to The Hollywood Reporter. TV comedy vets Matthew Perry ("Friends") and Thomas Lennon ("Reno 911") are playing Oscar and Felix, two middle-aged roomies whose differing lifestyles (one's a slob, the other a neat freak) cause friction. Brown will play Oscar's assistant Dani, a role originally occupied by Baker. Lindsay Sloane and Wendell Pierce are among the previously announced cast members who will remain on the show. Perry is exec producing the comedy and will also write the script with Joe Keenan ("Glee"). Timberman-Beverly's Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman and The Tannenbaum Co.'s Eric and Kim Tannenbaum »
- Dave Lewis
Twelve years ago, more than a dozen people disappeared in a blizzard that besieged the small New England town of Coventry. An unknown horror lurked outside amidst the whipping winds and teeth-chattering temperatures, and now it’s about to make a comeback in Christopher Golden’s novel Snowblind. Published in January by St. Martin’s Press, the book has already been optioned for television.
Deadline reports that Universal Television and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) have acquired TV rights to Snowblind and plan on adapting it as a limited series. Goyer is set to oversee development and executive produce along with Golden and Pete Donaldson. A prolific writer in the horror genre whose credits include original Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels and the zombie story Soulless, Christopher Golden has another couple of novels in the adaptation stages: Joe Golem and the Drowning City, which he co-authored with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, »
- Derek Anderson
Fresh off the glut of NBC news earlier today, CBS has announced a few series orders. Briefly: In a surprise to no one, the spinoff NCIS: New Orleans will be moving forward to series. NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles consistently rank as the most watched shows on network TV next to The Big Bang Theory. Additionally, the Matthew Perry-fronted comedy redo The Odd Couple is a go, as is the multigenerational family comedy The McCarthys from showrunner Bob Daily. Elsewhere the drama side, Kevin Williamson’s psychological thriller Stalker, the Tea Leoni-fronted Secretary of State show Madam Secretary, and Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman’s cyber-themed Scorpion are going to series. They join the previously announced Battle Creek, from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. Still no official word on How I Met Your Dad, though a series order is expected. That said, everyone expected Beverly Hills Cop to go forward last year too. »
- Adam Chitwood
The drama roster consists of “Battle Creek,” the David Shore-Vince Gilligan collaboration that landed a series order last September, as well as “Madame Secretary,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion” and “Stalker.”
“The McCarthys,” written by Brian Gallivan, revolves around a large sports-crazy Boston family. Mike Sikowitz is on board as showrunner and exec produces with Will Gluck for Sony Pictures TV. Project was developed last year at the Eye as a single-cam but retooled this time around as a multi-cam.
- Cynthia Littleton
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
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
Meet television’s new Odd Couple. Reno 911! co-creator/star Thomas Lennon is set to play Felix opposite Matthew Perry‘s Oscar in CBS’s multi-camera comedy pilot The Odd Couple, a take on the Neil Simon classic. Co-written and executive produced by Perry, Odd Couple centers on two mismatched roommates — the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and neat freak Felix Unger (Lennon). The Felix role was played by Art Carney in the original Broadway production of Neil Simon’s play, by Jack Lemmon in the 1968 movie and by Tony Randall in the 1970 ABC/Paramount TV series. The Odd Couple reunites Perry and Lennon, who co-starred together in the feature 17 Again. Before that, Lennon had a recurring role on NBC’s Friends, which starred Perry. Written by Perry and Frasier veteran Joe Keenan, The Odd Couple pilot hails from CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman-Beverly and The Tannenbaum Co. Lennon is coming »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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
CBS' The Odd Couple has found its neat freak. Thomas Lennon has been tapped to play Felix opposite Matthew Perry's Oscar in the network's multicamera reboot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Friends alum Perry and Joe Keenan (Glee, Frasier) will pen the script for the pilot based on Neil Simon's Broadway play. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 Lennon's Felix is described as a maddening neat freak and an uxorious man whose compulsion to live in a precisely ordered, meticulously perfect environment alienates him from everyone in his life. Stunned when Ashley, his wife of 20 years, can no longer
- Lesley Goldberg
Go On standout Sarah Baker is joining her NBC co-star Matthew Perry in his new pilot, the multi-camera CBS comedy The Odd Couple, a take on the Neil Simon’s classic. Co-written and executive produced by Perry, Odd Couple centers on two mismatched roommates — the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and neat freak Felix Unger. Baker will play Oscar’s assistant Sam, who spends most of her work day on the phone apologizing to assorted high-and-mighty people who have been offended by Oscar’s latest rant. I hear the part was written for Baker, which was Perry’s idea based on the comedic chemistry the two had on Go On. Written by Perry and Frasier veteran Joe Keenan, The Odd Couple pilot hails from CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman-Beverly and The Tannenbaum Co. Baker, repped by Pakula/King & Associates and 3 Arts, will next been seen opposite Reese Witherspoon in The Good Lie »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
CBS has ordered a pilot of the remake of “The Odd Couple" which Matthew Perry wrote together with Joe Keenan. According to Variety, the redo of the Paul Simon's work, based on his play and screenplay, is being executive produced by Kim and Eric Tannenbaum alongside Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. As mentioned above, “The Odd Couple” started off as a play then was later turned into a film under director Gene Sacks in 1968, which starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau as two pals who share an apartment and have very different ways in lifestyle and housekeeping. The multi-cam, half-hour comedy stars Perry as Oscar Madison which Matthau played. We don't know who will play Felix Ungar, a neat freak, at this time. »
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.
“The Odd Couple” could be coming back to the small screen … in Matthew Perry form. Also read: Pilot Season 2014: TheWrap’s Complete Network Guide CBS has given a pilot order to a reboot of the Neil Simon play-turned TV series, with former “Friends”-ter Matthew Perry starring, as well as co-writing and executive producing. Perry is co-writing the half-hour project with Joe Keenan (“Desperate Housewives,” “Frasier.”) Also read: Jamie Lee Curtis Joins CBS’s New Drama Pilot CBS Television Studios is producing the project, which is also being executive produced by Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum, as well as Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman. »
- Tim Kenneally
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
It's official: CBS' reboot of The Odd Couple -- starring Matthew Perry -- is moving forward. CBS on Tuesday picked up the multicamera comedy, which received a script plus penalty commitment in December, to pilot. Friends alum Matthew Perry and Joe Keenan (Glee, Frasier) will pen the script for the pilot based on Neil Simon's Broadway play. Mad About You's Danny Jacobson was previously attached as a co-writer on the project and is no longer involved. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide Perry will also executive produce the CBS Television Studios comedy alongside Timberman-Beverly's Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman
- Lesley Goldberg
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