‘The Odd Couple’ Canceled by CBS After Three Seasons

'The Odd Couple' Canceled by CBS
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CBS has canceled “The Odd Couple.”

Starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon, the multi-camera comedy appeared ripe for cancellation in November, when CBS decided not to extend its 13-episode order. In its third season, the series averaged a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5 million total viewers, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day data. Those numbers would be considered solid but unspectacular by the standards of some networks, but were low for CBS, whose comedies tend to rate higher than those of several competitors.

The latest adaptation of the 1965 play by Neil Simon, “The Odd Couple” starred Perry and Lennon as Oscar Madison and Felix Unger — the mismatched bachelor roommates portrayed by Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in the 1968 film and by Jack Klugman and Tony Randall in the series that aired from 1970 to 1975 on ABC.

Produced by CBS Television Studios, “The Odd Couple” was executive produced by Perry, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Sarah Timberman, and Carl Beverly.

CBS gave out 18 series renewals back in March, with “The Odd Couple” being one of the few shows not renewed at that time. The returning shows renewed to date include comedies such as “Big Bang Theory,” “Mom,” and “Life in Pieces”; dramas including “Blue Bloods” and “Madam Secretary”; newsmagazines “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes”; and reality series “Survivor.” “Big Brother” was previously renewed for two more seasons back in August.

In addition, five freshman shows were part of the network’s early renewals: dramas “Bull” and “MacGyver;” and comedies “Kevin Can Wait,” “Man With a Plan,” and “Superior Donuts.” On the pilot side, the network has picked up dramas “SEAL Team,” “Wisdom of the Crowd,” “SWAT,” and “Instinct,” along with previously announced comedy order “Young Sheldon” and “9JKL,” “Me, Myself, and I,” and “By the Book” from executive producer and “Big Bang” star Johnny Galecki.

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  1. Caligula says:

    3 seasons? it was so bad!

  2. Grc says:

    I’m sad to see the new “odd couple” show end. My husband & I looked forward to watching, as well as my coworkers. To each their own.

  3. JOE S HILL says:

    Good News. it’s about time that Hollywood understands that remakes are NOT successors to the originals, no matter what kind of ideas and intentions that they have, remaking a series like “THE ODD COUPLE” was a futile and wasted effort! who today in Hollywood can possibly replace Tony Randall and Jack Klugman? this was about as bad as ABC’s 1982 version, using Black actors-the 1975 ABC cartoon series “THE ODDBALL COUPLE” did a better job here! but there will NEVER be any successors to the 1970-1975 ABC/Paramount Television series, and whatever CBS was thinking, it was obvious! good riddance to inferior rubbish!

    • Mike says:

      I understand that you love the original product, and perhaps it was better. However, this version is very funny and new generations will probably never explore the past versions. I had a good time watching it.

      • Caligula says:

        Mike, you obviously don’t know comedy at all. The Randall series is one of the best. This new one isn’t even in the same universe. New generations will indeed explore the old series as they are remastering all of the classics. The Perry one will never be watched again

  4. Nas says:

    This show was awful. Good riddance!

  5. Another Poster says:

    Matthew Perry said he saw them painting over his name on the dressing room. CBS could use a little more tact in letting the people know their show has been cancelled. Just like 2016 when it was the cast of Mike and Molly who let everyone know their show was cancelled before CBS made it official.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      That is b/c (including the 2 examples in your comment) CBS is horrible at timing with these things… Had “Broke Girls” gone too soon (in middle of negotiations with HUGE guests for next season), & “Mike”, “Minds”, & “Race” on FAR too long.

  6. Tony says:

    Surprised it lasted this long. I sampled it exactly once. It just seemed so forced, so desperate that it was actually painful to watch.

  7. Burro b says:

    Another shit remake findlly cancelled. Perhaps a little originality ???

  8. George Lewis says:

    Farewell ODD COUPLE unti someday in the future you’re rebooted again. Classic TV.

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