Matthew Perry will star in, co-write and executive-produce a reboot of The Odd Couple for CBS, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
CBS has given a script commitment to a modern-take of 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, which will also be executive-produced and co-written by Two Guys and a Girl creator Danny Jacobson, Perry will play the easygoing Oscar Madison. Oscar's uptight roommate, Felix Ungar, has yet to be cast.
"Ever since seeing the movie The Odd Couple when I was 10 years old, it has been a dream for me to play Oscar Madison," Perry said in a statement. "To be given the opportunity to develop a modern version of it for CBS has put a permanent smile across my face. I met up with a wonderful writing partner in Danny Jacobson. We both have such a passion for the source material that we have instantly become obsessed with making this great. Plus, I think it's time for me to be in front of a live audience again. I miss that. The search for Felix Ungar is on!"
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Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman and Eric and Kim Tannenbaum will also executive-produce. The news was first reported by Deadline.com.
The Odd Couple reboot would mark Perry's first multi-camera comedy shot in front of a live studio audience since Friends. Following the sitcom's end in 2004, Perry has starred on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Mr. Sunshine and Go On, and has recurred on The Good Wife. Perry will next reunite with his former TV wife, Courteney Cox, on Cougar Town next year.
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