Question: Your April 19 answer about The Odd Couple prompts this one. I remember an updated Odd Couple with a Black cast. I don't think it was on for very long. Am I right? Mahalo. Debbie, Springfield, Ohio
Televisionary: That you are, Debbie.
The New Odd Couple, an African-American version starring Ron Glass (Barney Miller) as Felix and Demond Wilson (Sanford and Son) as Oscar, debuted on ABC's Friday-night schedule in October 1982. It was pretty faithful to the original setup, with new actors cast in the roles of OC regulars Murray (John Schuck), Speed (Christipher Joy!-->), Roy (Bart Braverman) and others. And as you say, it didn't last very long; it went off the air the following June.
(And for those of you about to ask after other versions, yes, there was an animated Oddball Couple, which featured a Felix-like feline and Oscar-like canine, on ABC's daytime schedule for two years beginning in 1975.)