Matthew Perry Developing New Take on ‘Odd Couple’ at CBS

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CBS has handed a script commitment plus penalty to a reinvention of “The Odd Couple” from Matthew Perry, Variety has confirmed.

Based on Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” project centers on two mismatched roommates, messy Oscar Madison and neat freak Felix Ungar. Perry is slated to star as Madison.

Along with toplining the comedy, Perry will serve as producer and co-write the laffer with Danny Jacobson. CBS TV Studios is attached to the reboot along with Timberman-Beverly and The Tannenbaum Co.

Exec producers include Perry, Jacobson, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum.

Perry, who rose to fame on NBC’s “Friends,” returned to the Peacock in 2012 as star of “Go On.” In May, NBC cancelled the program after one season. Perry has also appeared on “The Good Wife” in recent TV seasons. Perry also co-created ABC’s “Mr. Sunshine,” which ran for one season on the Alphabet in 2011.

“The Odd Couple” was originally a legit production and was adapted into a feature film in the ’60s. Following the pic, “Odd Couple” saw two runs on ABC as a sitcom, most notably starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman.

Deadline was first to report on the “Odd Couple” project at CBS.

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  1. Al-T says:

    Look for a FEMALE FELIX—
    5 – female felix’s– NOT WORKING~

    I don’t expect people to know them – but NOTHING SAYS FUSSY LIKE an accent- Aussie- British and a last resort -the non accent/accent -CANADIAN- ** I think I’m onto something~~

    Janet Montgomery is a 27 year old English actress. She is probably best known for her role in Entourage. .

    Daisy Betts is a 31 year old Australian actress. She is probably best known for being on the television show, Last Resort,season).

    Jessica Lucas is a 27 year old Canadian actress. She is probably best known for her role in the movie Cloverfield.

    Rachael Taylor is a 28 year old Australian actress. She is probably best known for her role in the movie Transformers

    Elisha Cuthbert is a 30 year old Canadian actress. She is probably best known for her role in the movie, Girl Next Door.

  2. Phlegmbot says:

    I think Perry is terrific and really enjoyed Mr. Sunshine (the minimal theme song along should’ve won that show awards) and thought Go On was starting to his its stride when it was pulled. That said, a modern Off Couple has been airing for more than 10 years on CBS — it’s called 2-and-a-Half Men…when Sheen was on that show, it WAS essentially The Odd Couple.

    I wish him luck…but this sounds like it’s doomed.

  3. Josh says:

    Please just go ahead admit that you are cowards and that you have no legitimate creative ability. You people are going to reboot the industry to its death.

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