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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  1. Ehm* David Schwimmer *Ehm

    • I AGREE… WOULD BE AWESOME!!!

  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.

  3. No one can beat the comedy team of Jack Klugman and Tony Randall in the Odd Couple TV show of yesteryear. I am not an expert on Matthew Perry (other than the name rings a bell), but if he is any good and they get him a good foil to play Felix, then I guess, “Why not?”. However, they need to study Klugman/Randall and their mannerisms, etc. and connectability with both the audience and each other…they were very complimentary in their styles….and perhaps these new actors will learn something (directors and writers as well). The reboot a couple years ago of the Three Stooges was a good example of a reboot that did the original characters justice. I hope that team does another Stooges send-up as well. Perhaps The Odd Couple reboot can do the same. You know, some comedy teams just fit together hand and glove. Anyone remember Jack Burns and Avery Schreiber? Now there was a good pair as well (another tip of the hat to yesteryear).

    • 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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…

  7. 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.

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

  9. Chris Rock as Felix Unger

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

  11. Matthew Perry as the clean one and cast Charlie Sheen as the dirty one….tell me thats not amazing

  12. 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.

  13. Michael Cain and Billy Bob Thornton.

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

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

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