CBS’ “The Odd Couple” will be paying tribute to the late Garry Marshall on Nov. 7 with a cavalcade of special guest stars from the director’s oeuvre.
In the episode, Oscar (Matthew Perry) reconnects with people from his father Walter’s life while preparing to scatter his ashes behind the candy factory his father used to own. Marshall played Walter in an April episode of the series. The guests will come from Marshall’s TV hits, including Ron Howard, Marion Ross, Anson Williams and Don Most from “Happy Days,” Cindy Williams from “Laverne & Shirley,” Pam Dawber from “Mork & Mindy,” and Marshall’s sister (and famed director) Penny Marshall.
Marshall helped develop and executive produced the first TV iteration of “The Odd Couple” for Paramount TV in 1970 and served as an executive consultant on the remake.
“The writing staff and everyone on ‘The Odd Couple’ reboot was thrilled when Garry Marshall joined us as a producer because his shows were part of our TV DNA,” “Odd Couple” executive producer Bob Daily said. “He was a kind, generous presence on the set, and we loved him dearly. And when we lost him, we knew we had to do something to honor his legacy — something that, like Garry’s work, was both heartfelt and zany. We are so grateful that the stars of these classic shows are able to join us in honoring him.”
Marshall died on July 19 at the age of 81.