Can we get three cheers for The Odd Couple returning to television? Not only that, according to TV Guide, the CBS reboot of the beloved classic will be co-written by and star Matthew Perry. We caven’t seen the hilarious actor in any significant TV roles since the Friends days, so for 90s kids, this is pretty much a dream come true.
Let's see if Perry can do this old favorite justice.
The Odd Couple story has had a long and illustrious history. It started out as a highly successful 1965 Broadway show by Neil Simon. The story of two polar opposite roommates was then remade into a movie in 1968, starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon and finally ended up as a TV show in the 70s. The series ran between 1970 and 1975 on ABC and starred Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.
The original starred veteran actor Jack Klugman and ran for five very successful seasons on ABC.
The show was a hit and became a cult favorite in the years since. Now CBS has given Perry and co. a script commitment, meaning that a script for the pilot will be written and the studio will then decide whether or not to produce it. The reboot will also be executive-produced and co-written by Two Guys and a Girl creator Danny Jacobson, Perry will play the easygoing Oscar Madison, with his roommate Felix Ungar still to be cast.
Perry got a script commitment from the studio, but the project is yet to be officially greenlit.