Scoop: Matthew Perry-Fronted Odd Couple Remake Snags Official Pilot Order at CBS

MATTHEW PERRYCBS’ Matthew Perry-fronted update of The Odd Couple inched closer to reality on Tuesday via an official pilot order, TVLine has learned.

The multi-camera comedy project, based on Neil Simon’s classic play and exec produced and co-written by Perry himself (with Frasier‘s Joe Keenan), follows two mismatched roommates: the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and neat freak Felix Unger.

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The Odd Couple began as a Broadway show in 1965 with actors Art Carney (as Felix) and Walter Matthau (as Oscar), who reprised his role for the 1968 movie opposite Jack Lemmon. A TV series adaptation, starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, later ran for five seasons on ABC.

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61 Comments
  1. Mare says:

    I don’t see him as messy

  2. d4h8a15r16m23a42 says:

    I’ve liked all of Matthew Perry’s shows since Friends ended. Hopefully this will finally be the one to last more than one season.

  3. Lore says:

    Please please please let it be the one, please

  4. AJ says:

    I wonder, will they just use the Friends cast humming the theme song for The Odd Couple (in Central Perk) as the theme song for this update. ;)

  5. Eric says:

    Tony Shaloub as Felix.

    • S. says:

      As much as I love that, he might feel it’s too close to Monk. In a perfect world, it’d be great to reteam him with Bradley Whitford. Studio 60 may’ve fallen apart, but they were an awesome bromance. That was some of the best chemistry on tv. The Trophy Wife’s in danger of not being renewed. I don’t see Brad doing the Odd Couple in 2nd position though unless they were willing to reshoot the whole thing if his show got picked up. Probably don’t wanna fool with that. There are some great actors that might be free if their shows don’t make it. I wonder if any of them are being considered.

  6. alistaircrane says:

    Too bad this is a multicam comedy. Ugh.

  7. Pam says:

    Matthew will be great! Hope he has a say in who
    plays Felix.

  8. Andrew Hass says:

    I’m not surprised that CBS gave The Odd Couple remake a pilot order because Matthew Perry is involved.Now the show can cast Felix Unger now and i agree with an above post that it should be Tony Shalhoub.

  9. DQ says:

    I think Sean Hayes would be great for the Felix role.

  10. Jerry V says:

    How about Schwimmer as Felix? If nothing else it would bring a big audience initially to see the reunion of the two.

  11. AJ says:

    Does it have to be multi cam? I would much rather see Perry in a drama show again on a network like AMC.

  12. maria says:

    matt leblanc for felix?

  13. BonesTDFan says:

    I think Trent Dawson (ex-Henry, ATWT, guest-starred on NCIS: Los Angeles, Homeland, & The Good Wife) would be perfect for the role of Felix. But I’d also like to see him have a major dramatic role. I think both he and Matthew Perry are often overlooked for dramatic roles and stereotyped as strictly comedic actors when they’re both very versatile. JMHO.

  14. Sheldon W. says:

    Sam Huntington might make a good Felix. The age difference could be used to good advantage, too – two guys from different generations, both single through divorce. Plenty of fodder there for a series.

  15. David Schwimmer, please, oh please.

  16. Eric7740 says:

    Can anyone say Strike 3 for Matthew Perry (Mr. Sunshine, Go On…)

  17. Tom Charles says:

    Neil.

    Patrick.

    Harris.

    • Brian says:

      Seconded.

    • KND says:

      This all day long!!!

    • Scott says:

      Exactly who I was thinking of because HIMYM has finished its final season. Both can do great comedy, even physical comedy, Matthew Perry and NPH together would be a lock for renewal. NPH is 4 years younger than Perry but I don’t see that as a problem because you’d have all the Friends fans and HIMYM fans watching the pilot if nothing else.

      MP has been so unlucky with his post Friends shows because Mr Sunshine was good albeit wacky and Go On had so much potential, it should have at least had a 13 episode second season. As for Studio 60, how that didn’t get renewed was a mystery.

      Whoever they pick as Felix, I wish MP all the best. But choosing NPH would be legen… wait for it… dary.

    • Pam says:

      Yep. Neil Patrick Harris

  18. mdbchud says:

    Love Matthew Perry, but this is just SO unnecessary. Some remakes are just unnecessary. Watch and enjoy the classic! Do something new Hollywood!!!

  19. CK says:

    So anyone thinking that this might be a 3/3, in terms of show/network cancellations for Perry? I hope not, but most of his stuff seems dead on arrival/doomed. This is CBS though and they seem to have a way with viewers.

  20. J.Norman says:

    Another remake. I thought this was NBC’s exclusive domain.

  21. Lisa says:

    Can Johnny Weir act? He would make a great Felix. I adore Matthew Perry. I hope this is the hit he deserves.

  22. Lisa says:

    Wayne Brady could be fun if the chemistry between the two was good.

  23. Lily says:

    I love Matthew Perry but this play/tv show has been done to death and I’m afraid the show will get an early death knell too. This guy is so talented and has such good comedic timing, I’d love to see him get something meaty.

  24. Sharon says:

    Too many good choices Joe Flanigan, Ben Browder, Michael Shanks, Christopher Judge, Chandler Massey.

  25. Soopah Soopah Soopah says:

    I love you Matthew Perry, you keep tryin’ babydoll.

  26. liz says:

    and like every Matthew Perry project, I’ll be there watching. I miss Go On.

  27. dee123 says:

    So what, this will be the 77th comedy starring Perry and lasting a season at best?

  28. Jon says:

    Since they’re casting Matthew Perry against type, they should do the same for the Felix character. How about someone you’d least expect, such as Will Sasso, Horatio Sanz, Will Forte or one of the guys from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, now that it’s ending its run.

  29. Nichole says:

    If Trophy Wife doesn’t get a renewal, Bradley Whitford would be perfect, those two guys have such good on screen chemistry, in both West Wing for the part Perry was in it and on Studio 60 they where awesome together, miss that show :( would be great to see them together again.

  30. Jason says:

    Michael Cera

  31. tony says:

    I’m still sad about Go On being cancelled.

  32. Chris says:

    I’m french so i’m not familiar with the original but Hamish Linklater could be great, he was funny in Old Christine. Eric McCormack would be good too but he already has a show.

    • Scott says:

      Hamish Linklater is in the Crazy Ones with Robin Williams which is expected to be renewed for a second season. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but Robin Williams on Thursday nights is always a treat and I hope it gets another year because it’s such a great show.

  33. Jennifer says:

    I think Jason Bateman would be a good Felix. Or Neil Patrick Harris. Either would work.

  34. Mindy says:

    How about Andrew Rannells?

  35. Trista says:

    Paul Rudd

  36. Jon says:

    Alan Tudyk!

  37. Dee says:

    Jim Parsons as Felix without a doubt!!

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