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."