Matthew Perry Takes on Classic Role, as He Fills Shoes Once Belonging to Jack Klugman, Walter Matthau, Pat Hingle, Jamie Farr, John Larroquette, Nathan Lane and Demond Wilson

Dec 13, 2013  •  Post A Comment

"Friends" alumnus Matthew Perry will soon take on a classic role that has previously been played by Jack Klugman, Walter Matthau, Pat Hingle, Jamie Farr, John Larroquette, Nathan Lane and Demond Wilson to name just a few.

The role is that of Oscar Madison in "The Odd Couple," reports our friend Nellie Andreeva at Dateline.com.

According to the story, " ‘The Odd Couple’ hails from CBS TV Studios and two of its top pods, Timberman-Beverly and The Tannenbaum Co. It marks ‘Friends’ alum Perry’s return to multi-camera comedy filmed in front of a live audience after two single-camera shows…."

The well-known "Odd Couple" TV series starring Klugman and Tony Randall as Felix Unger was a Paramount show that originally ran for five years on ABC, beginning in 1970, the story notes.

Perry will be the "star, co-writer and executive producer" of "The Odd Couple" reboot, "which has received a script commitment plus penalty," the story says.

 

3 Comments

  1. Since Perry has played prissy characters, I see him more as Felix than Oscar. Anyway you slice it, this is a BAD IDEA.

  2. It could be a good chance for him to break the typecast mold he’s been in. It’ll be interesting to see if he can pull it off. David Hyde Pierce can be Felix. I hate to typecast him, but he would do it so well!

  3. Another TV remake of “The Odd Couple”? I just hope they do it better than the last one.
    Demond Wilson (Oscar) and Ron Glass (Felix) were very good, but the producers gave them an impossible task: The show had NO ORIGINAL SCRIPTS !! Someone may have thought that having black actors restaging the same episodes that had previously been performed by Jack Klugman and Tony Randall would be enough of a novelty.
    But it was not. If I closed my eyes or just looked away from the screen when Glass was speaking, the voice I heard was Randall’s. Despite the different casting, it felt like nothing but reruns.

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