Thomas Lennon has been tapped to star opposite Matthew Perry in CBS' The Odd Couple reboot, TVGuide.com has learned.
The comedy is a modern-day take on Neil Simon's Broadway 1965 play about polar opposite roommates. The play went on to become a 1968 movie starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, and later, a TV show starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. The series ran from 1970 to 1975 on ABC, but was produced by CBS Television Distribution.
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In this incarnation, Perry will play the easygoing Oscar Madison, while Lennon will play Felix Ungar, a maddening neat freak and an uxorious man whose compulsion to live in a precisely ordered, meticulously perfect environment alienates everyone in his life.
Perry will co-write and executive-produce the comedy, which is also being written by Joe Keenan. Elementary producers Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman, and Two and a Half Men executive producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum will also executive-produce. Sarah Baker will also star.
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Lennon's casting marks a reunion for him and Perry, who co-starred in the film 17 Again. Lennon, whose credits include Reno 911 and Sean Saves the World, also had a short stint on Friends in the Las Vegas episodes.
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