Matthew Perry to Star in and Write an ‘Odd Couple’ Reboot for CBS
Matthew Perry is getting ready to return to TV with a remake of The Odd Couple that he’ll star in, write, and produce, THR reports. The show will be based on the 1965 Neil Simon play, starring Walter Matthau and Art Carney, not the 1968 movie version, which starred Matthau and Jack Lemmon or the 1970-1975 TV version, which starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. Matthew Perry is playing Oscar Madison, the easygoing roommate; the role of the uptight roommate has yet to be cast.
Perry will co-create the multi-camera version of the show with Danny Jacobson, creator of Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place and co-creator of Mad About You. Perry made his sitcom writing debut with Mr. Sunshine, a comedy he co-created and starred in for ABC in 2011 that was abruptly canceled. It would be pretty great to see Perry star in the Odd Couple remake with his Studio 60 partner-in-crime Bradley Whitford, but Whitford is locked down to the new ABC sitcom Trophy Wife for the time being.