Wendell Pierce is about to get a little bit "odd." The 'Treme' star has boarded the CBS reboot of 'The Odd Couple.'
Based on Neil Simon's classic play (which was then spun off into a movie in 1968. a subsequent TV sitcom in 1970, and then there was a second TV offering called 'The New Odd Couple'...), the multi-camera comedy follows two roommates who couldn't be more opposite: sloppy Oscar Madison (Matthew Perry) and neat freak Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon of 'Reno 911' fame).
The project comes from Perry, who co-wrote the pilot with 'Frasier' veteran Joe Keenan. Perry will also serve as executive producer.
Pierce will play Teddy, a "neurotic" cop (uh, is that safe?) and a good buddy of Oscar's who drops by the guys' apartment every week for "Game Night." In the original 'Odd Couple,' a similar character was named Murray, but I guess this version is pushing that it's different, but, you know the saying: the more things change, the more they stay the same. I digress.
The role comes just a month after Pierce's last job on 'The Michael J. Fox Show' was cut short when the sitcom was axed somewhat unexpectedly. Pierce recently wrapped the fourth and final seasons of HBO's 'Treme' and will appear on a multi-episode arc on Showtime's 'Ray Donovan.'
'The Odd Couple' pilot hails from CBS TV Studios, studio-based Timberman-Beverly and The Tannenbaum Co.