CBS Orders ‘The Odd Couple’ Reboot Pilot Starring Matthew Perry

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CBS Orders Odd Couple Reboot Pilot Starring Matthew Perry CBS Orders The Odd Couple Reboot Pilot Starring Matthew Perry

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 the end of season 1.

Perry’s post-Friends shows obviously had their problems, but through his work on them and numerous other guest roles he’s solidified his role as an actor who’s great on TV – that is, when given the right project. Thankfully, he may be headed back to television once again

Variety is reporting that he’ll be starring in the recently ordered CBS pilot rebooting Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple.

Perry wrote the pilot with Frasier scribe Joe Keenan and will executive produce along with Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Carol Beverly and Sarah Timberman. The Odd Couple originated as a theater production which was then adapted into the classic 1968 film starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. The story revolves around two mismatched roommates – messy, recently divorced sportswriter Oscar Madison and high-maintenance, Type-A Felix Unger. Perry will be taking on the role of Oscar.

Matthew Perry Odd Couple CBS Orders The Odd Couple Reboot Pilot Starring Matthew Perry

It’s clear that Perry needs to find himself a good project and get himself back on television. He’s always had these subtle, charming qualities that made him a great actor for both wacky sitcoms and quieter dramas alike. It’s in those more dramatic roles where he really thrives, as in his guest spots on The West Wing or The Good Wife, so his return to the sitcom format – and a multi-camera one at that – might not be the best choice.

Then again, The Odd Couple might be just the kind of project where Perry could bring back some of his Chandler Bing comedy chops, as long as they choose the right actor to play Felix. Matt LeBlanc’s out of the question, not only for being completely wrong for the part but also because Episodes has been renewed by Showtime for another season.

Who do you think they should get to play Felix? Let us know in the comments.


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Source: Variety

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  1. Ehm* David Schwimmer *Ehm


  2. i seen him as more the Felix type … could be a fun reworking though -

    • When I clicked on the link I was thinking he would be felix. bad choice on their part.

    • I dunno, they did a dramatic biopic of legendary comedy act Morecombe & Wise for TV a year or so ago and the main criticism was that while the actors playing them had the mannerisms and voices perfectly, they lacked the charm and chemistry that made Eric Morecombe and Ernie Wise such poopular, household names.

  3. umm… isn’t two and a half men a reboot of this concept already (just plus one)?

    why can’t they do AbFab (Absolutely Fabulous) already?

    Still waiting for that deadpool movie, c’mon fox, its a dude in a mask with funny lines

    … wait, I forgot, its fox, they would screw that up too.

    • Good point, 2 and a half men is totally the Odd Couple.

  4. I know it was just a joke, but David Schwimmer would be kind of great.

  5. If he’s oscar, then David Hyde pierce should be felix! Although I see Perry as felix, and maybe Kevin James as oscar or something…

  6. Ugh they totally have wrong, Perry should play Felix! Perry’s sarcasm is the funniest when he’s confounded, and thinks he is the only clear thinking person in the room. Just do Chandler again. They don’t have to do Felix exactly, just overplay Oscar. Now that would be one heck of a show. Oscar must be lovable, yes like “Doug Heffernan” or Kevin James.

  7. Matthew Perry needs a hit TV series more than a hit TV series needs Matthew Perry.

  8. Chris Rock as Felix Unger

  9. Let me guess, the big reveal is…wait for it…they’re gay…but not attracted to each other.

  10. I think the show will be much better for Perry playing Oscar with some subtlety rather than another actor who would play it over the top.

  11. Michael Cain and Billy Bob Thornton.

  12. I’m assuming that this show will have a laugh track as well.

  13. No,no,no. Matthew Perry should be uptight Felix, very much like Chandler Bing. Get someone like Judah Friedlander to be the slob Oscar.

  14. Matthew may be more of an ‘Oscar” in his own ‘real life,’ but onscreen we know him more as a ‘neurotic Felix.’ Jim Parsons would make a great Felix!

  15. Michael cera

  16. Scratch Matthew perry unless hes felix, billy bob would be GREAT as oscar but its a reboot so it’s gotta be younger & I think michael cera as felix and jonah hill as oscar MAYBE F*ck idk or James Franco as oscar & still michael cera I think as felix haaaha am I crazy to think michael cera would be a great felix!!!! ORRRR if they’re older then billy bob as oscar & Bryan Cranston as felix orrrrrrrrrrrrrrr haaa sh*t ummm vince vaughn as oscar & ben stiller as felix!!

  17. Ohhhhhhh sh*ttttttt Charlie sheen as oscar is PERFECT I love it, mad I didn’t think of it haaha genius… and maybe Jason Bateman, david spade or I hate to say it but jon cryer as felix would be amazing but realistically sheen as oscar and sh*t maybe even Owen Wilson ha trends think of Felix as a light haired dude yeaaaa fck it sheen as oscar Owen Wilson or david spade as felix…. Yea…. we need to talk to the writers lol

    • OMG! You’re right!! Charlie Sheen, and Jon Cryer!! That would be great!!!

  18. Charlie Sheen as Oscar….. Steve carell as felix… the end!!!

  19. Are you kidding? Jon Cryer for sure!!

  20. why??? the Odd Couple was “rebooted” already–the last time with two black actors as Felix and Oscar on ABC (and that was after the original with Randall/Klugman)—figures Perry would try to rehash this show–he can’t come up with an original idea so why not just do it again?? he’ll likely copy some the original show’s storylines too!!! This show won’t last any longer than any of the other 1 year wonders he’s done

    • I agree with bufnyfan1. Are the creative powers in Hollywood so bereft of ideas that all the can think of doing is something that has been done and redone and redone.

      And people have to stop thinking that the actors are the characters they play on TV. They’re actors and virtually plug-and-play replaceable. Take Tom Cruise for example – Top Gun replace him with anyone, but leave the jets in the movie – A Few Good Men replace him with anyone, but leave Jack Nicholson in the movie. The Color of Money replace him with anyone, but leave Newman in the movie.

  21. jon cryer would make the PERFECT Felix!!!!!!!!

  22. Topher Grace could play Felix.

  23. I hope this show bombs. CBS should have saved some money on this one. Instead of paying these hack actors to remake a great sitcom, they should have saved the salaries and brought back the original.
    An indication of how lame this show will be is the comments. Everyone wants a Friends remake? This isn’t Friends, people. This isn’t some soap opera that that show turned out to be with character one dating character two, then having a child with character three, then characters four and five unable to have children, etc., etc., etc.

  24. I absolutely LOVE Matthew Perry and have been rooting for him to get another smash hit show like Friends. I think this will FINALLY be it!!!! Can’t wait for the season to begin!!

  25. If Matthew Perry is on the show, the TV will be on a different channel.

  26. I love the new Odd Couple I’ve always liked Matthew Perry but Thomas Lennon as Felix Unger is wonderful! I love this show…