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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.
When Friends ended in 2004, most predicted that Jennifer Aniston would head out into the bright lights of a film career, but no one knew how the other “friends” would fare when it came to landing more work. Matthew Perry has been a semi-steady presence on the small screen, starring in the Aaron Sorkin-penned NBC drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, though it only lasted two seasons. He then co-created ABC’s Mr. Sunshine, though that too was canceled, this time after only one season. Most recently he returned to NBC for Go On, a sitcom somewhat unfortunately focused on grief counseling, but again the network pulled the plug at ...
- Casey Cipriani
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
Exclusive: Nate Torrence is set as a lead opposite Zachary Knighton in Fox’s six-episode single-camera comedy series Weird Loners, from writer/exec producer Michael Weithorn, exec producer Jake Kasdan and 20th TV. It tells the story of four relationship-phobic people who are unexpectedly thrust into one another’s lives and form an unlikely bond in a townhouse in Queens, NY. Torrence will play one of them, Eric, a nerdy but not unattractive guy who works as a toll collector on a commuter bridge. Following his father’s death, Eric, who had spent his entire adult life living at home and taking care of his elderly parents, is cast adrift in the world, on his own for the first time ever, and he is delighted when his cousin, Stosh (Knighton), offers to move in with him. Torrance, repped by UTA, Truhett-Garcia Management and attorney Lev Ginsburg, got his break on »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
David Schwimmer headed back to TV as the star of an ABC comedy pilot.
The former Friends actor is set to play the lead in Irreversible, a hot project that’s based upon a hit Israel series (Bilti Hafich) about an “eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves.”
Schwimmer will serve as a producer on the Sony TV-produced show, which is written by the original series’ co-creator Segahl Avin.
- James Hibberd
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