CBS Has Ordered That Odd Couple Remake Pilot Starring Matthew Perry as Oscar; Who Should Play Felix?

CBS is dusting off the old dubbed VHS tapes in search of inspiration, and has decided to move forward with its remake of The Odd Couple that we first heard about back in December. According to TV Line, the network has arrived at the next stop on the development train and ordered a pilot, with producer and everyone's friend Matthew Perry set to star.

The Odd Couple originated in 1965 as a Neil Simon Broadway play about two mismatched roommates, Oscar Madison and Felix Unger. In the 1970s, ABC adapted the play for television, with Jack Klugman in the role of the messier and more relaxed Oscar and Tony Randall playing the tidier and uptight Felix. For the CBS reboot, Perry—who's the kind of guy who could play either part—has penciled himself in for the part of Oscar. 

Which begs the question: Why do we need another remake of an old television show? But since that question will never ever be answered in any satisfying way, it begs another question: Who should play Felix? Well, we have a few ideas, based on the pool of actors who are currently available (hence the absence of Michael Emerson in the following list)...


1. David Costabile


This is the no-brainer home-run slam-dunk ace-serve 1080-fakey-McTwist-into-a-Beef-Jerky casting call here. Costabile would absolutely destroy this role. As Walter White's proper assistant Gale Boetticher on Breaking Bad, Costabile has already shown marvelous ability to walk in an upright and locked position with his buttocks fully clenched. And since Low Winter Sun is a goner, he's free.


2. David Schwimmer

With Chandler Bing on board, we had to include a Friends recommendation in here, and since Matt LeBlanc would make a better Oscar (and is tied up with Episodes anyway), that leaves us with the man who once played Ross. Schwimmer would make a decent Felix, no? 


3. John Cho


Hey! Perry and Cho worked well together in Go On! Why not pair 'em up again (assuming Cho's Sleepy Hollow gig is through)? Plus, Cho has experience playing uptight, from his Harold & Kumar days. 


4. Jim Rash


We currently don't know whether Community and Rash's lovable Dean Pelton will be back for another semester on NBC comedy (it could go either way) but we do know that Rash would make a great Felix. 


5. Sandra Oh


CBS had no problem casting an Asian woman as Sherlock's pal Watson on Elementary, and Oh's exit from Grey's Anatomy is imminent, so why not do the same thing with The Odd Couple


Who do YOU think should play Felix?


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I think it sounds like a good idea and Matthew Perry is a good choice. I wish Go On had lasted though. Why not a remake? When most NEW shows are not that original anyway. Most shows are somewhat similar to another, so why is remaking a good one such a bad idea? It's not like all the jokes or situations will be copied.

#2 and #3 are good Felix-choices, but definitely not the others. I especially don't want a female one.
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I hate to be the naysayer, but shouldn't the real question be "Do we need another TV remake?" Is hollywood all out of original ideas or do we have to keep borrowing from Europe and decades old shows?

With that said....if I HAD to decide....David Costabile. He was comedic...almost Dr Phlox-like (ST ENT) when he was on Breaking Bad.
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Dule Hill or Timothy Omundson would make a good Felix, they have a bit of free time since Psych is ending *sniff*
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I disagree with every comment so far! :P
It could work, Perry can be great and he needs a partner like he had in Bradley Whitford in the short-lived Aaron Sorkin TV dramedy. Otherwise, please not LeBlanc or Schwiimmer awful. Cho might work, Costabile would be awesome (Oh Tim, when you're on, you're on), but I could also see a woman in this day and age and it would widen the material, especially if the woman was the slob - nah, that won't happen.
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No, in fact I read a few I don't disagree with: David Hyde Pierce, good call! Tim should have seen that one.
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No-one should play Felix. This is a dumb idea. This show was brilliant and perfect with Klugman and Randall in the seventies. It would be impossible to remake it in any manner that could be any where near as watchable. I cannot see any two actors of today coming close to what they had. Randall's Felix was perfect, as was Klugman's Oscar. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.
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This is a great idea, but Charmed is not? Lol
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If this was on NBC you would be all "hahahahaha NBC" but on CBS it merits discussion?
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This is an insane idea. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! You're killing yourself Bing!
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Out of these David Schwimmer.
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Rainn Wilson would be a great choice too.
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"The Odd Couple" is about as a classic TV show as it comes. And should not be touched. It captured a time, a place, and life in NYC perfectly (back when divorce was not as common). But since TV execs are hell-bent on ruining it with a re-boot, let's really ruin it!

For Felix, let's cast...


Or maybe The Blacklist version of...

Naw, let's reach back in time, and go for the gold of popular failures...

By the way, I rather see John Cho play Felix and David Costabile play Oscar than Matthew Perry any day!

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Have Donnie Wahlberg play Felix. He plays uptight well. It would be interesting to see him do comedy.
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This is a bad idea... it might look good next to something like this but that doesn't make it any less of a bad idea and it is destined to go the way of the Ed O'Neil DRAGNET, THE LOVE BOAT: THE NEXT WAVE, the '07 BIONIC WOMAN & the '11 CHARLIE’S ANGLES!
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Who would play Spiffy the Cat and Fleabag the Dog in the inevitable Oddball Couple remake?
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I can only see one man for the part, Timothy Omundson who plays Lassie from Psych.
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I liked really liked Matthew P. in Studio 60 & Go On so it's pretty easy for me to ignore the complete shit I considered his part in Friends. 60 proved to me the guy has some acting chops, so as much as I hate the lazy idea of an Odd Couple reboot, I'd be willing to watch the 1st episode before abandoning it as nothing more than desperate network shit after that. Call in Jack Black as Oscar & I might stick around for ep 2...maybe
I pine for the day network execs get their heads out of their asses & program as actual TV watchers & instead numbers on a spreadsheet. before fearfully patting themselves on the back

This show should not exist in the first place...but I dare the network to prove this idea doesn't suck at the very root.

I'm nothing but a total ammeter & I can still do their job better than any of 'em given the freedom.
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Jim Rash would be great. I also thought of Patton Oswalt. He'd be hilarious.
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I love them all except Sandra Oh, I feel like in general changing the race or gender or whatever of a preexisting character is okay (though generally unnecessary and doesn't add anything to the product but that's a separate issue) but for the Odd Couple them both being men is a super important part of the receipt, you may as well leave the crust off of pizza. But I especially like the idea of David Schwimmer for no other reason (he'd be a fine Felix, not ground breaking but he'd be fine) than I want to see Chandler and Ross together again.
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Besides, Sandra Oh would have to be Oscar...
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BTW, I do NOT think this remake will work, no matter who they cast. The concept of the original was, well, ORIGINAL.

Since then, we've had dozens, if not hundreds, of shows that play on the odd couple concept.

So, an actual remake will fail because it's based on a premise that's no longer remotely unique.
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Look, Neil Simon's play was hilarious, possibly the most self-referential and full-out incarnation of the concept ever, but it was far from an "original" concept. The creative contrivance of putting opposites in tight quarters, particularly for comedic effect, is centuries, even millenia, old.

I'm not overly fond of all the remakes and spin-offs, but I would rather have a smart remake that cultivates a voice of its own than a non-remake clone with nothing to say. After all, the genres, devices and even clichés can be re-used to strong effect, as Simon proved. However charming Perry can be, I don't put much faith in another CBS sitcom, but it doesn't have much to do with whether or not the premise is unique. I'm more concerned about the execution.
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Rather than argue over the actual definition of "original", let me rephrase by saying that at the time The Odd Couple was a series, there wasn't anything like it on TV. Since then, we've been inundated with TV shows with similar dynamics.

Thus, I don't think it has much of a chance. The audience won't find anything interesting about it.
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Well CBS already has an odd couple show with Two and a Half Men, but hopefully not much longer. And I'm sure the remake will use a laugh track as well.
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Typically Felix is the straight man, but since I can’t see Matthew Perry as anything but the everyman, I think it would be smart to make Felix way more neurotic. As in extreme OCD neurotic or social-phobic. Here’s who I’d suggest:


Dule Hill (Gus from Psych)
Rachel Dratch (SNL)
Cheri Oteri (SNL)
Tony Hale (Buster from Arrested Development)
Jonathan Slavin (Phil from Better Off Ted)
Steve Little (Stevie from Eastbound & Down)
Steve Buscemi
Nathan Fielder (nathan for you)
John C. Reilly (Dr. Steve Brule ffrom Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story )
John Lithgow (3rd rock from the sun)
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Matthew Perry should play Felix AND Oscar, split-screen, because he thinks he's an Oscar but we all know he's a Felix. But I like him either way, so why not both?

... and for a real twist, we can have it Fight Club-style, with Oscar being a figment of Felix's imagination. ;-)
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Good one JT--the only chance this thing has got--and even then...
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I was thinking David Hyde Pierce for Felix.
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Jason Bateman
Wil Wheaton
Sean Astin
Sean Hayes
Jason Segal
Enrico Colantoni
James Wolk
Hank Azaria
Matthew Lillard

Just a few possibilities
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Lillard came to mind immediately for me!
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I liked Go On! and Mr. Sunshine. Maybe it's my "Friends goggles", but I did enjoy the rest of the cast in both shows as well. I like Matthew Perry, but not as much I love Cox and LeBlanc. Aside from Madascar, Schwimmer only had minor roles in movies and guest spots in TV shows. I think it's time to return. I don't know how to feel about a remake of an old show, but I do hope it's funny, simply because there are some very mediocre stuff on CBS.
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Really, Tim, no mention of the time ABC remade The Odd Couple as The New Odd Couple in the early 80s with Ron Glass and Desmond Wilson?! For shame!

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I'm thinking more along the lines of someone like Jaleel White. He's already proven great at playing annoying, accidentally prone and highly allergic. This would be right up his alley. You could bring back Dustin Diamond if he isn't completely done with acting. Or Heroes alum Sendhil Ramamurthy.
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Great.Another remake that won't live up to the original series or movie!Who should play Felix?No one since he was flawlessly played by Jack Lemmon and Tony Randall and the same goes for Oscar too.Seriously,Matthew Perry is the strike out kid,so this has cancellation written all over it(thank God).Here's an idea,how about a Friends reunion instead?If we're going to revisit a series,then lets go with Friends.
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Absolutely correct--what HE said.
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I like Matthew Perry, but he's a HORRIBLE choice for Oscar. In fact he'd be a better Felix. Matt LeBlanc would be a great Oscar.

Tyler Labine would be a great Oscar.

Schumer would be a good Felix, but not with Matthew as Oscar.

Eric McCormack would be a good Oscar.
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I actually agree with your assessment, however it would be too easy and people might think it was a bad attempt to recreate Friends.
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Absolutely. Not with the two of them. It would have to be one or the other.
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Would LOVE to see Sandra Oh in this!
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Michael C Hall or maybe Tim Gunn
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Wow, I really like the Sandra Oh recommendation. Cristina Yang and Chandler Bing living together is definitely something I could get behind.
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Matthew Perry is in it? So there's no point in watching it, it'll get cancelled.
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Mercifully.
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"Who should play Felix?"
Matthew Perry. And Chi McBride should play Oscar.
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And Chi McBride should play Oscar.
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Sean Hayes (who played Jack on Will and Grace). Since Sean Saves the World was a bust, I think a role on The Odd Couple with Perry could be a good fit for him. He could play it gay or straight, it really wouldn't matter to me.
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Ellen Degenirus
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Jim Parsons would have been the first choice.
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Paul Rudd / JOHN STAMOS! / NPH
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Mark Pellegrino. (Disclaimer: Mark Pellegrino is my answer to almost all casting calls)
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Yeah, it's a shame he's wasted in the gawdawful Tomorrow People.
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