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Tom Lennon to Star Opposite Matthew Perry in CBS's 'Odd Couple' Remake Pilot

Reno 911! and The State alum Tom Lennon has been cast alongside Matthew Perry in CBS's pilot remake of The Odd Couple, Variety reports. The multi-camera pilot, which was written by Perry and Frasier's Joe Keenan, is in development for the 2014-15 TV season. Lennon, who is coming off of a series regular role on NBC's recently-canceled freshman sitcom Sean Saves the World, will play the fussy Felix Unger to Perry's laid-back Oscar Madison. Sarah Baker, who played a supporting role in Perry's last show, Go On, also stars.

Josh Gad to Star in a Movie Remake of 'Gilligan's Island'

Warner Bros is preparing to turn 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island into a movie, and Josh Gad (1600 Penn, The Book of Mormon) is attached to play a major role, Deadline reports. Gad will write the script with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. There's no word on what part Gad will be playing, although it'll probably be either Gilligan or the Skipper. It's pretty hard to imagine Gilligan's Island warranting enough material for a full-on movie, given that it's a pretty flimsy premise even for a 22-minute show, but we'll see how this goes.

NBC Adapting British Comedy '30 and Counting'

NBC has bought a pilot for a remake of British single camera sitcom 30 And Counting, Deadline reports. The pilot will be written by Better Off Ted writer Justin Adler and directed by Meet The Parents director John Hamburg. The original show, written by Chris Little and Tom Vinnicombe, was part of a series of romantic comedy specials on Sky Living the UK. 30 and Counting focused on three men seeking partners online who are convinced that "their 30s is the decade that will define them. That leaves them 3,652 days to set the course for the rest of their lives."

NBC Is Remaking Andy Samberg's BBC Show 'Cuckoo'

NBC is remaking Cuckoo, the BBC show that originally starred Andy Samberg, according to Deadline. Samberg starred on the BBC Three series as an American hippie named Cuckoo who marries an British girl and moves in with her family back in the UK. The American version, which will be written by the original British writers Robin French and Kieron Quirke, is described as focusing on "the story of a middle-class family whose daughter comes back from a summer abroad married to a charming but infuriating hippie moron." It's unclear whether Samberg would be involved with the series; he's currently on Fox's beloved but ratings-challenged Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which might not make [...]

'The Inbetweeners Movie' Is Being Remade for the US as 'Virgins America'

There's going to be a US remake of The Inbetweeners Movie, the 2011 UK film based on the popular E4 comedy series about a quartet of horny British teenagers straddling the line between coolness and nerdiness. Deadline reports that the US movie version will be called Virgins America and will be directed by the UK's Jim Field Smith (She's Out of My League, Butter). When it was released two years ago, The Inbetweeners Movie had a stronger opening than any UK comedy ever and a sequel is already underway. An American adaptation of the TV version of The Inbetweeners ran on MTV last year but was canceled after [...]

Richard Linklater Is Remaking 'The Incredible Mr. Limpet'

Back in 2011, The LA Times reported that filmmaker Richard Linklater (Before Midnight, Dazed and Confused) was the top choice to direct a big budget remake of the 1964 family comedy The Incredible Mr. Limpet, which starred Don Knotts as a guy who turned into a fish. Now, nearly three years later, Linklater has officially signed on to direct the movie, Screen Daily reports. Zach Galifianakis was in talks to star in the movie back in 2010, but it's not known whether he's still attached to the project.

Linklater is teaming up with Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta, who will be working on design and animation for [...]

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 [...]

Fox Cuts Backs Order on 'Us & Them', Essentially Cancels It Before It Airs

Fox has ended production on Us & Them, cutting the show's 13-episode order to the seven episodes already made. According to Deadline, the network "plans to air the produced episodes and has not canceled the series," but really that means the show is canceled. The show, which was based on the mega-hit BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey, stars Jason Ritter and Alexis Biedel as a couple in a long-distance relationship who must deal with merging their eccentric families. Kerri Kenney and Michael Ian Black played supporting roles as Biedel's mother and uncle.

It's the second early decision on a midseason show that Fox has made this year; the animated sitcom [...]

Fox Is Remaking Sharon Horgan's BBC Show 'Dead Boss'

Sharon Horgan is about to get her fourth American pilot. Best known stateside for her turn in The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, the Irish writer and actress is remaking her BBC3 prison comedy Dead Boss, which she created with British standup Holly Walsh. The Fox show will center "on a woman trying to prove her innocence after being falsely accused and convicted of killing her boss," according to Deadline. Horgan's other pilots include a remake of her British smash sitcom Pulling, as well as Bad Mom and Bad Management. Below, a trailer for the BBC original:

Adam Sandler to Play a Suicidal Man Who Can See Ghosts in His Next Movie

Adam Sandler is remaking his first Korean supernatural comedy. THR reports that Sandler has signed on to star in and produce Hello Ghost with Chris Columbus attached to direct. A remake of the 2010 Korean comedy of the same name, the film follows a guy who, after a failed suicide attempt, discovers he can see four ghosts who won't leave him alone until he grants them each a wish. It's something he's never done before at least, right?

Jack Black Is Developing an Adaptation of the UK Film 'Wizard's Way'

Jack Black has acquired the rights to develop and produce a remake of he British film Wizard's Way, Variety reports. The comedy follows two friends who are completely obsessed with the fictional online fantasy roleplaying game Wizard’s Way, and it was written and directed by Joe Stretch, Socrates Adams-Florou, and Chris Killen. The movie is about to have its US premiere this year at the Slamdance Film Festival. Jack Black will executive produce via his company Electric Dynamite.

The Failed Jim Carrey 'Incredible Mr. Limpet' Remake Would Have Been Terrifying

Patton Oswalt was a guest on the third-to-last episode of The Best Show on WFMU last night, and during a conversation about movies, he told a story he heard from director Brad Bird about a canceled remake of Don Knotts's 1964 family film The Incredible Mr. Limpet that was in development with Jim Carrey in 1998. Steve Oedekerk, who wrote and directed Carrey in the sequel Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, was hired to write/direct the Limpet remake. Oedekerk stepped down from the project in 1999, and Oswalt says Brad Bird was brought in for a meeting about potentially directing the movie. Here's Oswalt telling the story:

They CG-animated [...]

NBC Is Rebooting 'Remington Steele' as a Comedy

'80s TV show Remington Steele is coming back, albeit with a bit of a genre tweak. Deadline reports that NBC is developing a reboot of Remington Steele, turning the 1982-1987 Pierce Brosnan detective comedy-drama into a half-hour comedy. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) is directing the pilot, and Jay Scherick and David Ronn (The Smurfs, The Smurfs 2) are writing it. NBC has ordered a pilot script for the show. While the original series followed private detective Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) hiring a con man (Pierce Brosnan) to pretend to be her detective agency's fictitious boss Remington Steele, the revamped version of the show (also called Remington Steele) follows Holt [...]

HBO's Remake of the UK Series 'Getting On' Premieres Nov. 24

HBO announced today that the network's adaptation of the acclaimed UK medical comedy Getting On will debut Sunday, November 24th at 10pm. The US version of the show follows the put-upon nurses and doctors of a Long Beach extended-care facility the show is set in the women’s extended-care facility as they care for the elderly and struggle with the healthcare system. Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash, and Mel Rodriguez star, with Molly Shannon, Daniel Stern, Harry Dean Stanton, June Squibb and Irma P. Hall set to guest star.

Big Love creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer wrote the adaptation. The original series ran for three seasons on BBC Four [...]