Matthew Perry Developing a New 'Odd Couple' Series for CBS


Matthew Perry is developing a remake of the classic series 'The Odd Couple' for CBS, which he will write and star in.


'Friends' star Matthew Perry might have another hit on his hands, as he is developing a remake of the classic 1970s television series 'The Odd Couple.' 

Deadline reports that Perry will executive produce, co-write, and star in the multi-camera comedy project, which has received a script commitment plus penalty from CBS. Perry will share writing duties with comedy veteran Danny Jacobson, with whom Perry has previously worked on 'Mad About You.'

Perry has been a familiar face on TV screens since 'Friends' ended in 2004, but he has yet to find another hit. Of the shows he's helmed since 'Friends'; 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,' 'Mr. Sunshine,' and 'Go On,' have all been cancelled before reaching a second season. But Perry is a great comedic actor, and fans are anxious for him to stick around on a successful show.

Perry will play the messier half of the mismatched pair of roommates, Oscar Madison. The search is on for counterpart Felix Ungar, but maybe they'll choose Matt LeBlanc, as he and Perry have already proven their chemistry as roommates.

The original 'Odd Couple' TV series aired from 1970-1975, and starred Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. Prior to the television adaptation, there was the Neil Simon play on Broadway, starring Walter Matthau and Art Carney, followed by a feature film and its sequel, both starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.

This 'Odd Couple' project is a dream come true for Perry: "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." He continued, "To be given the opportunity to develop a modern version of it for CBS has put a permanent smile across my face."

- Matthew Perry
- The Odd Couple

Written by: Colleenhaha
Dec 13th, 2013, 5:50 pm

Image courtesy of NBC Universal


Message Posted On Dec 15th, 2013, 7:11 am
Oscar Madison = Matt LeBlanc Felix Ungar = David Schwimmer Matthew Perry, of the recurring poker buddies.

Message Posted On Dec 15th, 2013, 3:07 am
So, yet another remake of a classic old show. Yay... I can't wait for it to get cancelled. What makes people think that things that worked in the 60's are going to work in 2014? We live in a different world where nothing on TV is new anymore. A quick glance at Youtube will show you all what is 'new' about these shows and how badly they stack up to the originals. Somedays I think I'm in the Twilight Zone (classic old program). Everything is new but I've seen everything before.

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Message Posted On Dec 15th, 2013, 1:03 am

he wrote an episode but did not star on mad about you


Message Posted On Dec 14th, 2013, 11:18 am
Other than Friends, hasn't everything Perry touched sucked?

Message Posted On Dec 14th, 2013, 3:19 am
Are you sure that Matthew Perry was ever in any way involved with "Mad About You"? Because I haven't been able to find evidence for that statement anywhere. One of his co-stars on Friends, Lisa Kudrow, played a ditzy waitress on that show, but as far as I can tell Matthew Perry has never had anything to do with it.

Message Posted On Dec 13th, 2013, 7:17 pm
Thank you Colleen for not ending with a question. This show will suck. media seems to be relying on name brand to create audience appeal. Not writing, not TALENTED acting, just name (or face) recognition. How did that work out for Dark Shadows or The Lone Ranger? As Springsteen said, " There was fifty-seven channels and nothin' on".
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