News Briefs: Matthew Perry Is Rebooting The Odd Couple at CBS

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LIKE FRIENDS BUT MINUS FOUR PEOPLE NEWS

... Matthew Perry is starring in, co-writing, and executive-producing a remake of the popular '70s sitcom The Odd Couple. The multi-camera comedy has a script commitment at CBS, because duh. Perry will play Oscar Madison, a known slob; the role of his clean freak roomie Felix Unger has yet to be cast. I guess it's probably silly to wish for Perry to reunite with his former Friends castmate Matt LeBlanc now that Episodes has been picked up for Season 4. Who would YOU like to see cast opposite the man formerly known as Chandler Bing? [Deadline]


BUSINESS TIME

... Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge) may soon be making the jump from movies to TV. He's teaming with The Shield's Shawn Ryan and playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis (The Motherfucker With the Hat) for a period drama that explores the beginning of the hip-hop era. While the series is not a musical, it will feature musical elements. Also, every time there's Shawn Ryan news and it's not that Terriers will be released on DVD, a piece of me dies. [Vulture]

... The fifth season of TLC's My Strange Addiction will premiere Wednesday, January 1 at 9pm. The one-hour season premiere will feature three individuals who undergo extreme physical and psychological measures in order to look like human dolls. Guess what I will not be watching on Wednesday, January 1 at 9pm? Following the premiere, TLC will air two more new episodes back-to-back at 10pm. [TLC via press release]

... ABC Family's Switched at Birth has released a new trailer for Season 3. Some people have said that it's emotional, but I cannot confirm that because I am a robot and I do not feel emotions. So check it out for yourself and let me know if the rumors are true! P.S. Be on the lookout for Breaking Bad's R.J. Mitte! [THR]


CASTING NEWS


... Cheryl Hines will guest-star on CBS's The Crazy Ones, playing a Jewish mother planning the best Bar Mitzvah ever for her son. In the process, she ends up making the celebration all about her. Are we sure this isn't just a weird crossover with Suburgatory? [TV Line]

... Rob Corddry has joined the new HBO pilot Ballers, opposite the ultimate baller, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The half-hour dramedy chronicles the lives of active and retired athletes living in the Miami area. Corddry will play a financial advisor who doesn't always understand social cues. He's the boss of a former running back, played by Johnson. Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) is directing the pilot with Johnson, Mark Wahlberg (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch) and Steve Levinson (Boardwalk Empire) acting as executive producers. [Deadline]

... Portia de Rossi has signed on for a three-episode arc on *gasp* Sean Saves the World?!? Really? Why? *dramatic sigh* She'll be playing Sean’s ex-wife, who reenters his life sometime this spring. [EW]

... Danny Trejo, cult film star and also the guy whose head traveled across the desert on a tortoise before exploding on Breaking Bad, will appear in an upcoming February sweeps episode of NCIS: Los Angeles. His character will have ties to Hetty, but Callen, and Sam. [TV Line]

... Dexter alum David Zayas has been upped to a series regular on George Lopez's FX comedy Saint George. Zayas plays Junior, the son of Danny Trejo's character (that dude gets around for reals) and George's cousin. FX hasn't yet settled on a premiere date for the 10/90 sitcom; the series focuses on Lopez's character, who's a successful Mexican-American entrepreneur. [THR]

... Childrens Hospital doctor and Human Giant giant Rob Huebel will lead IFC's comedy pilot American Storage, based on a 2006 short film that starred Steve Carell and David Krumholtz. Huebel will play a man who lives in a storage unit and befriends an employee of the storage facility. Did you see Huebel as the prince in the second season of Burning Love? Rob Huebel is funny, end of story. [Deadline Hollywood]

... David Spade is developing a new comedy at HBO about the music biz. Spade will write the project with The Crazy Ones' Dean Lorey, and could star as an aging rock n' roll manager who's struggling to stay relevant with all that damn techno and hip hop that's clogging the airwaves these days. Stay off my lawn! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Two original Homeland cast members are not returning to the show as series regulars in Season 4. If you are sensitive to spoilers the maybe you should skip this item until after Sunday's Season 3 finale, but really once you find out who they are the news really isn't very surprising. In fact, depending on what you've thought of Season 3 so far, it might even be very exciting or very maddening. Okay ready? Here's who they are: Morena Bacarin and Morgan Saylor (Dana). Big whoop, right? Also, both actress could still return as guest-stars. [TVLine]