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Matthew Perry plans to bring 'The Odd Couple' back to TV

Phyllis Stark

MACAU - OCTOBER 07: Actor Mathew Perry poses after the 2013 Huading Awards Ceremony at The Venetian on October 7, 2013 in Macau, Macau. (Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images for Global Talents Media Group)

Matthew Perry plans to bring 'The Odd Couple' back to TV

Phyllis Stark
CREATED Dec. 20, 2013

Actor Matthew Perry plans to bring "The Odd Couple" back to TV. The star, best known as Chandler Bing on the long-running series "Friends," will star in, write and executive produce a new take on Neil Simon's Broadway play for CBS, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The comedy already has a script commitment from the network.

Perry will play slob Oscar Madison. No word yet on casting for Madison's roommate, the uptight Felix Ungar.
 
The show has a long history. "Walter Matthau and Art Carney starred in the Broadway run -- which earned the former a best actor Tony and [the] production a best play, among others," according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Jack Klugman replaced Matthau, [and] together the two starred in a 1968 feature film based on the play and a sequel. It also spawned an ABC comedy starring Klugman and Tony Randall that ran for five seasons from 1970-75."
 
Since "Friends" ended its run, Perry has starred in the short-lived sitcoms "Mr. Sunshine" and "Go On," and has had a recurring role on "The Good Wife."
 
"The Odd Couple" is one of several re-makew networks are planning in this development season, According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The CW is prepping 'Tales From the Darkside'; CBS is rebooting 'Charmed'; NBC is readying 'Murder, She Wrote' with Octavia Spencer; NBC has 'Remington Steele' as well as a comedy take on 'Reality Bites'; and Paramount TV is shopping a 'Ghost' remake, among others."

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