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


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]


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What's David Schwimmer been doing lately? Is he free to couple up with Matthew Perry in his new project? I could settle for him I guess.
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what if the ODD couple OTHER half was a women. Felicia or something.. I don't know just a thought
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Yeah the last Homeland is on the net and yeah. Fine. Great. Hope Morena finds soemthing good.
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The news about Homeland is most welcoming. It is the correct direction for the show !
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Isn't it wonderful?
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Mathew Perry thinks he can step into the legendary shoes of Tony Randall and Jack Klugman and their beloved classic tv series,or for that matter,thinks he's in the same league as Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau!Give me a break!Create something new!
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Egg. Zactly.

Prediction: it will be a hit.
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While I find Matthew Perry funny - anything he touches (post FRIENDS) has been a disaster. So, if TPTB want this to succeed I would strongly suggest you reconsider the casting. Sorry Matt!
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If we're choosing from the former cast of ``Friends``, I would go with Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe)
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Matt LeBlanc wouldn't really fit as Felix anyway, David Schwimmer might though, he hasn't been doing much recently. I just hope this show sticks around, he's had two sitcoms in a row get picked up only to be cancelled after one season, and I like the guy so I want him to succeed. I think he needs to be in an ensemble thing again though because he alone clearly doesn't pull enough people in.
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Remember that Odd Couple remake with Ron Glass and Demond Wilson? Me neither.
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Am I the only one that sees a pattern with Matthew Perry and new sitcoms? I mean first there was "Mr.Sunshine" on ABC, then "Go On" on NBC. Now he's going to CBS. Maybe he should just let sleeping dogs lie ya know.
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Strangely I enjoyed both of those comedies, shame they didn't get a chance to shine :(
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Didnt watch "Go On" but I did enjoy "Mr. Sunshine". Its like Matthew Perry can't catch a break.
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Aw hell, with all the new crap this year the networks just might as well just reboot everything that's ever been on TV with different actors--except for Human Target. Those people can all be had for the reboot...
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Are there people still watching HOMELAND?
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First choice for Felix Unger opposite Matthew Perry's Oscar Madison: David Hyde-Pierce. Second choice: Jason Bateman.
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No, First Choice: Don't do it at all!
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Ugh, no Matthew Perry, that's not allowed, that is a career-stopper, you cannot redo The Odd Couple, it's a bad fit for you, especially with you playing Oscar instead of fiddly Felix. At least try it on stage first.

I thought the same thing about that Cheryl Hines/The Crazy Ones blurb being Suburgatory, typecast much Ms. Hines?

Sean Saves the World will have so many gay characters and gay-icon characters it'll have to be renamed "LOGO".

Rob Huebel *is* funny, he needs a strong manager and/or talent agent to take him to the next level. He was hilarious at last year's Comic-Con panel for Childrens and NTSF:SD:SUV::.

Oh David Spade, that blurb is so sad.
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Seriously, how is Terriers not on DVD yet?
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Kaitlin, you should probably change the heading of this thread to include a SPOILER ALERT! for all the crybabies who might not want to know what's in store in Homeland. Just sayin'. As for me, I'm thrilled! I'll be damned, now I'll have to watch Season 4, because we KNOW Carrie is going to have a miscarriage, don't we???????


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I want Matthew Perry to stretch his acting chops. Can't he try some dramatic work? He's good at it! Loved him in The Ron Clark Story and on The Good Wife. I hope he at least can give something at least somewhat resembling a dynamic performance, because there has got to be a shake-up in that Emmy race for Lead Actor in a Comedy.
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He was good in The West Wing too.
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Yes indeed!
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Funny, but I had always thought of Matthew Perry as Felix, not Oscar. But for the uptight super clean guy he should invite... What's the name of the guy who played Ross in Friends again? It's amazing how we forget names once the actors are out of the spotlight. Or they could totally ruin the concept and cast Jennifer Aniston instead.
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David Schwimmer.
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Yeah, thanks. I remembered that some time later.
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Seen Homeland finale, so don't read Homeland comment below if you aint!
You couldn't exactly see Matt LeBlanc pulling off the role as a clean freak in any thing. Perhaps if Perry went for the cleano type and LeBlanc the slob. In a way I'm glad they're not together as it'd be too much of the old stuff to appease fans.
"...every time there's Shawn Ryan news and it's not that Terriers will [be getting a second season after all], a piece of me dies.
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Not bothered about sulky daughter but will miss Morena's front bottum - even though I found myself, weirdly, going, "Oh not them again" at one point - or is that two?! And isn't Brody like majorly dead after being well and truly hung? Of course part of me was/is expecting somek kind of Derren Brown/Chris Angel psych out on 'the event' and for him to pop up. TADA! It was odd seeing Brody settled for his lot, in that after all he's been through I didn't find myself glum about it either. It just felt like his time was up. But I'm still expecting him to be the 'girl in the cake' at someone's birthday next season.
Honestly, as I watched, I said I wouldn't be surprised if Carrie got a sharpie out and graffitied the monument wall for Brody. And blow me (if I could I'd never go out) if she didn't do it!! Knew I should've bought lotto tix this week.
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And isn't Brody like majorly dead after being well and truly hung?

IS HE????????? HANGED? REALLY? BLESS YOU, YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How did you see the finale? I can't wait - THANK YOU for the spoiler!



Soooooo...........let me get this straight. No Dana, no Jessica, no Brody............does Chris KNOW he's Home Alone? Hilarious!
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Glad to have helped improve your day.
I seriously doubt Chris is self aware.
Utto. I feel a Chris gets kidnapped by the uber creepy peado Dr from Caracas in the works. It turns out Brody's hanging was a stunt and it's (dare I say it, I do) a Liam Neeson reboot. AAARRRRGGHHH!!!
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Homeland: Is Chris a regular or will he be promoted to a regular?
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The Home Alone Chris Brody? A regular what???
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Go On, Mr.Sunshine and Studio 60 where canned before there time I reckon, I do like Perry alot and I hope The Odd Couple works out for him.
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I don't think that Matthew Perry will ever be able to match the success he had on Friends with another comedic role. Maybe he should focus on establishing himself as a dramatic actor instead. He could play a detective, a teacher, or a lawyer. I have seen comedic actors like John Ritter, Martin Short, Bob Newhart, Jerry Lewis, and Bob Saget do great with guest spots on procedurals like Law & Order, CSI, or NCIS that showed there range. He should try a few of those types of roles.

As for remaking The Odd Couple, I think it is a huge mistake whether it was Perry or anyone else. It will never be possible to recreate what either Lemmon and Matthau did in the films or what Randall and Klugman did in the series. If I had to pick someone for Felix, Breckin Meyer or Justin Long would fit in the role. Jon Cryer would be good if he Two and Half Men ever ended but Felix might be too close to Alan.

Danny Trejo should get his own series. If nothing else, I could see a Machete series either in live action or animation. He's had an interesting life, maybe that could be made into a series.
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How about somebody comes up with an original freakin' idea, instead of rebooting old series!!! Man, this crap is getting old!!!
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Tony Shalhoub would make an excellent Felix!
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Perhaps Michael Richards can co-star. He'll be out of a job soon, and no one will be watching this loser of a show anyway, so two failed actors in an unwatchable show that will no doubt win an Emmy?

Perfect!
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Loved Studio 60, liked Mr. Sunshine and really enjoyed Go On. I will follow Chandler Bing anywhere. He's actually really smart so I'm interested in seeing what his writing style is like.

Oh and I really like the idea of NPH as Felix but would he jump right back into another show? I need him to do Dr. Horrible 2 first.
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Is Eric McCormack too old for Felix? He would be good.
Bill Brochtrup would be good as well.
Neil Patrick Harris? (Too expensive?)
Can't think of anyone else right, now. I'll have to mull it over some.
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Somebody oughta reboot Matthew Perry's ass.
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Ain't that the truth. MP as Oscar will blow. I predict. And will be right.
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That would be LeBlanc. :-)
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I found Perry excellent in his too short stint in The Good Wife playing a total douchebag / sociopath but he was unwatchable in Go On so I am kind of skeptical about another comedy... Yet, perhaps with better writing, it can work... As for his roommate casting:
Smash's Derek Wills could be a good Felix as he has a great pouting face
Justin Kirk is a perhaps too young and too hot but can do grumpy
Frederick Weller from In Plain Sight just because I miss Marshall Marshall...
Alexis Denisof could be good but I think he's doing a new show
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Apparently Perry found out that to be original is not very popular these days.
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Hah. He should do as the rest of the losers are doing these days - get a reality show. Perhaps he can demonstrate how an actor goes from a scorchingly HOT show (it didn't deserve it of course) to obscurity.
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Could CBS make a worse decision; Perry's unbroken string of feature film flops and half-season wonders shows that he is past his prime. We may be in for "Matthew Saves the World" or "The Matthew Perry Show" next.
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I'm glad Matthew Perry is not giving up :) I like seeing him on my television.
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Morena Bacarin and Morgan Saylor (Dana)...........gone?...................WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

This almost makes me want to watch Season 4 - but wait, if they're going away (YAY!!!!!!) does this mean Brody..................................?????????

HAHAHAHA.....................they forgot about Chris, the forgettable other kid. Will he be living at home, alone, wondering where his mother and sister went?

Hilarious.

I'm ignoring MP in an Odd Couple remake. Sacrilege.
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I think Chris is not included in this 'breaking news' because he wasn't regular in the 1st season... Also, didn't the actor actually change from s01? I may be wrong but rings a bell...
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You're better than this, Matt. :(
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Has Morena Baccarin been a regular in this season then? I don't remember her being in that many of the episodes.
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To me, The Odd Couple is one of those classic sitcoms you shouldn't try to reboot. I enjoyed the great chemistry between Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, and I can't picture anyone else in those sitcom roles. Though, I suppose that's what fans of the movie said about the sitcom: "How can they have someone other than Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon as Oscar and Felix?"
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No more Dana? Best. News. Ever.
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I will just say that there is a lot of comedy to be found in "The Odd Couple". Mind you, my entire frame of reference is from the play and the play alone. I have never once seen either the movie or any episode of the TV show. Only live theater for me. And by that I mean, that's as far as I've gotten to this point. Oddly enough (read into that what you will), I think I can get behind this project.
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I really can't imagine Matthew Perry, who played the uptight Chandler, playing the slobby relaxed slouching-around Oscar. Felix, maybe...
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Ditto for his role in The Whole Nine/Ten Yards.
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Jim Parsons as Felix!

Oh wait...

Might be interesting, and a switch, if they cast a woman though. Just never let them get together as a real couple.
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John Krasinski would make an excellent Felix for the reboot of "The Odd Couple".
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Rob Huebel deserves more breaks. Good for him. My only regret is that probably means another Childrens Hospital regular will be around less, if at all.
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I liked Go on really annoyed it was canned and we got Dads of all things amongst other so called comedies.
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I enjoyed Go On alot.

I enjoyed Mr.Sunshine and Studio 60 alot too. It's a shame he might not ever match the success he has with Friends.
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Seriously! I miss Go On. That was a funny, sweet show.
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Wow so CBS is probably going to be losing their top dog status if they go with these shitty reboots and spinoffs. I don't see any of their new shit being hits. Just my opinion though.
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as long as they have NCIS and the Bg Bang Theory, it's gonna be hard to take them down. Plus, sadly, the other networks aren't doing that much better.
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I think your right NCIS is one of the top show in the world so unless they fire Mark Harmon and Jim Parsons on the same day (and hell freezes over) I think they will be fine
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i think it may take more than that to knock CBS down a notch. And for all the crap they have, be honest, the other channels with only a few exceptions release even more crap than CBS each year.
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My first thought was that Matthew Perry isn't old enough to play a divorced, middle aged guy. Then I remembered that it has been 20 years since the beginning of Friends. Ouch! It has some potential. It all depends on who they have to play Felix. 50/50 chance I'll watch it.
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Remaking Odd Couple, huh...?..another show to ignore on CBS...
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