Scoop: Yvette Nicole Brown Joins CBS' Odd Couple — What Does This Mean for Community's Shirley?

Yvette Nicole Brown The Odd Couple

Community‘s Yvette Nicole Brown has landed a recurring gig on CBS’ upcoming reboot of The Odd Couple, TVLine has learned.

The actress and talk-show MVP will play Dani, assistant to Matthew Perry’s Oscar. She replaces Sarah Baker, who was let go shortly after the show was ordered to series.

PHOTO | The Odd Couple: Get a First Look at Felix and Oscar 2.0

The multi-cam remake, which is set to bow at midseason, follows two mismatched roommates: the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and neat freak Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon). The cast also includes Wendell Pierce (The Michael J. Fox Show, Treme) and Lindsay Sloane (Weeds).

It’s unclear how the Odd Couple gig will impact Brown’s role as Shirley in Community‘s upcoming sixth season on Yahoo Screen, although it’s expected that she will return to the former NBC series in some capacity. (The Odd Couple will start shooting well before Community resumes production, so it’s conceivable that she could do both shows.)

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  1. Angela says:

    I definitely hope she’ll be able to balance both shows. Even if she only shows up every now and again on “Community”, as long as she’s still there in some way, I’ll be happy.
    But I would also understand if it becomes a tough thing to juggle, too. Congrats to her on her new gig-whatever happens, I hope it all works out for her.

    • alistaircrane says:

      She’s doing both: “Brown is replacing Sarah Baker in the role, which is being adjusted from series regular to a recurring part to accommodate Brown’s schedule on Community.” That’s from Entertainment Weekly.

    • Josh says:

      She’ll be able to do both. She’s only recurring on this show, so she’ll be able to film all 13 episodes of Community and appear in this show too(since she won’t have to be in every episode).

  2. Diz says:

    Ohh that’s nice.

  3. alistaircrane says:

    She’s contractually obligated to do Community, so this gig will likely be her second priority.

  4. LE says:

    In Deadline it says that it’s a recurring role…

  5. alistaircrane says:

    According to Entertainment Weekly, she’s doing both: “Brown is replacing Sarah Baker in the role, which is being adjusted from series regular to a recurring part to accommodate Brown’s schedule on Community.”

  6. David4 says:

    She is awesome and so underused in Community! If you haven’t seen her episodes of The View you are missing out.

  7. Jon says:

    I don’t think this Odd Couple will last more than a few episodes. She’ll be back on Community soon enough.

  8. Martoukian says:

    The Odd Couple will probably be cancelled before she has a chance to film too many appearances.

  9. herman1959 says:

    I hadn’t planned to before, but now I think I’ll check out The Odd Couple. FYI: the recurring assistant role is similar to Penny Marshall’s in the original series.

  10. Aundrea says:

    How many times are they going to re-make this show? Let it go… come up with some with new.