Felix and Oscar took a big step forward to being back in prime-time.
CBS has greenlit a pilot for its The Odd Couple remake starring Matthew Perry. There’s no story details yet, with CBS simply saying the project based on Neil Simon’s Broadway classic about two mismatched roommates — the perfectionist Felix Unger (not yet cast) and lackadaisical Oscar Madison (Perry). There’s previously been a 1965 play version, a 1968 film and a 1970-75 series (starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall).
The Odd Couple marks Perry’s third attempt in recent years at a new sitcom project, following ABC’s Mr. Sunshine and NBC’s Go On. Unlike those two series, The Odd Couple is a multi-cam (studio audience-style) comedy instead of single-cam, which returns Perry to the Friends format.
The half-hour pilot is written by Perry and Joe Keenan (Frasier, Desperate Housewives) joining a bevvy of other executive producers — Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman.