The Odd Couple (2015 TV series)

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The Odd Couple
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Genre Sitcom
Developed by
Starring
Theme music composer Neal Hefti
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Matthew Perry
  • Eric Tannenbaum
  • Kim Tannenbaum
  • Sarah Timberman
  • Carl Beverly
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 21-22 minutes
Production company(s) The Tannenbaum Company
Timberman-Beverly Productions
CBS Television Studios
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original channel CBS
Original release February 19, 2015 (2015-02-19) – present
Chronology
Related shows The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple (TV series)
The Oddball Couple
The New Odd Couple
The Odd Couple II
External links
Website

The Odd Couple is an American multi-camera television sitcom that premiered on February 19, 2015, on CBS.[1][2] It is the sixth screen production based on the 1965 play written by Neil Simon, preceded by the 1968 film, a 1970 television series, a 1975 Saturday morning cartoon, a 1982 reboot of the 1970 series, and The Odd Couple II, a 1998 theatrical sequel.

The new show stars Matthew Perry (also developing and executive producing the series) as the slovenly Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as the obsessively-tidy Felix Unger. Perry and Lennon have previously worked together on the film 17 Again. The show was announced in December 2013 and was picked up by CBS as a midseason offering for the 2014–15 season.

The first season concluded on May 14, 2015.[3] On May 11, 2015 the series was renewed for a second season to premiere some time in 2016.[4]

Plot[edit]

Felix Unger and Oscar Madison meet at college in the late 1980s, and fate puts them together as roommates: while Felix is extremely neurotic and fussy in contrast to the slovenly and easy-going Oscar, they both become friends quickly. They eventually marry two women very different from themselves (Felix gets hitched with the calm but feisty Ashley, and Oscar settles down with the insecure Gaby) and have children.

Years later, Felix, now a neat-freak news writer and photographer, is kicked out by Ashley after fifteen years of marriage (having spent eight of them in marriage counseling, with Felix going alone for the last two years) and moves in with Oscar, now a sports talk show host, whose ex-wife Gaby has left him because he was a thoughtless slob. Now both divorcées will have to live in the same apartment and try to get along in spite of their differences.

In the middle of all the hassle about housekeeping, Felix and Oscar attempt to date Casey and Emily, two sisters who are roommates in the same building, and who both have recently exited their own unhealthy relationships. Felix however is pretty insecure as he still has feelings for Ashley, which contrasts with the fact that Oscar feels better off away from his ex, this except when Gaby threatens to take away their kids in case Oscar doesn't pay the alimony on time. Oscar also holds poker games regularly, with two of the players being Teddy, his agent, and Roy, one of his best friends.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired Ranking Viewers
(in millions)
1 12 February 19, 2015 (2015-02-19) May 14, 2015 (2015-05-14) No. 32 11.28[5]
2 TBA Midseason 2016 (Midseason 2016) Spring 2016 (Spring 2016) TBA TBA

Development and production[edit]

Matthew Perry is a self-confessed fan of The Odd Couple, most precisely the 1968 film version, which will serve as the main source of inspiration for the revived series.[6] Perry had been pitching the idea to the networks since the late 2000s, expecting the show for 2010. However, executives passed on it, and Perry turned into another production, NBC's Go On which was canceled after one season. Thereafter, Perry began concentrating on his pet project once again, being finally picked up by CBS in late 2013.

Perry and Danny Jacobson began developing the updated take on Neil Simon's classic as a multi-camera comedy at the network. Perry and Jacobson are co-writing the CBS Television Studios-based half-hour, with Perry attached to play the Oscar role. Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman of Timberman-Beverly Productions and Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum of The Tannenbaum Co. will also serve as executive producers on the project, which has a penalty attached.[7] On February 25, 2014, CBS ordered a pilot co-written by Perry and Joe Keenan.[8] On May 9, 2014, CBS ordered the pilot to series for a 13-episode season scheduled for a mid-season premiere.[9][10]

Casting[edit]

On February 28, 2014, Sarah Baker who previously worked with Perry on Go On was cast for a role for the pilot playing Oscar's assistant.[11] On March 13, 2014, Thomas Lennon was cast opposite Perry as Felix.[12] The Michael J. Fox Show star Wendell Pierce was cast as a buddy partner for Oscar for the pilot on March 14, 2014.[13] Georgia King was cast as a female lead on March 17, 2014.[14] Lindsay Sloane was cast for the pilot on March 21, 2014.[15] Following the series order, both Baker and King dropped out and subsequently the network was recasting the roles as of May 13, 2014.[16] On August 8, 2014, it was announced that Yvette Nicole Brown was cast to succeed Baker as Oscar's assistant Dani[17] - though the role had been downgraded to recurring[18] to allow for her role on the upcoming season of Community. However shortly after announcing on August 30, 2014 that she was leaving Community due to a family emergency,[19] she was upgraded to a series regular role on October 6, 2014.[20]

Broadcast[edit]

The series debuted simultaneously in Canada on CTV.[21] In Australia, Network Ten acquired the rights to air the series[22] and premiered it at 7:30pm on March 23, 2015.[23]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Season Time slot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
1
Thursday 8:30 pm
12
February 19, 2015
13.57[24]
May 14, 2015
8.17[25] 2014–2015 #32 11.28[5]

Critical Reception[edit]

The Odd Couple has received mixed to negative reviews from critics. On Metacritic, season one has a score of 42 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[26] On Rotten Tomatoes, the season 1 received 24% "rotten" ratings with consensus, "Stars Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon make a fine Oscar and Felix, but The Odd Couple's flat jokes and canned laughter are pretty old hat."[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 14, 2014). "CBS 2014 Schedule: Monday Comedy Block Trimmed, 'NCIS: New Orleans' Gets Post-'NCIS' Slot, 'NCIS: LA' To Monday, 'CSI' To Sunday, 'The Amazing Race' To Friday". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 5, 2014). "'Two and a Half Men' to End Thursday, February 19th Following 'The Odd Couple' + 'Mom' Shifts to 9:30". TVbytheNumbers.com. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 1, 2015). "CBS Announces Season Finale Dates for 'The Big Bang Theory', 'NCIS' & More; 'Stalker' Returns May 4". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 11, 2015). "'The Good Wife', 'Hawaii Five-0', 'Person of Interest' & Many More Renewed by CBS". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Full 2014-15 Series Rankings". Deadline Hollywood. May 22, 2015. Retrieved May 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ Perry, Matthew (March 6, 2015). "The movie like 50 times RT @CaskettOlitz: @MatthewPerry did you watch the original #TheOddCouple to prepare for your role as Oscar Madison?". Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Development Update: Friday, December 13". The Futon Critic. December 13, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Development Update: Tuesday, February 25". The Futon Critic. February 25, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Development Update: Friday, May 9 Five Dramas, Two Comedies Kick Off Series Orders at CBS". The Futon Critic. May 9, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 14, 2014). "CBS 2014-15 Primetime Schedule: 'Big Bang Theory' & 'Mom' Lead Monday; 'The Mentalist' & 'CSI: Cyber' Held for Midseason + 'NCIS: New Orleans' Takes Post-NCIS Spot & 'Amazing Race' Goes to Friday". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Development Update: Friday, February 28". The Futon Critic. February 28, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Development Update: Thursday, March 13". The Futon Critic. March 13, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Development Update: Friday, March 14". The Futon Critic. March 14, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Development Update: Monday, March 17". The Futon Critic. March 17, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Development Update: Friday, March 21". The Futon Critic. March 17, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Development Update: Tuesday, May 13". The Futon Critic. May 13, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Development Update: Friday, August 8". The Futon Critic. August 8, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  18. ^ Michael Ausiello. "Yvette Nicole Brown on CBS’ ‘The Odd Couple’ — Promoted to Series Regular - TVLine". TVLine. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  19. ^ Michael Schneider (30 September 2014). "Exclusive: Yvette Nicole Brown Departs Community". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  20. ^ "Breaking News - Development Update: Monday, October 6 - TheFutonCritic.com". thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  21. ^ "Matthew Perry set to play slob in Odd Couple remake". canada.com. 2014-11-17. Retrieved 2014-12-18. 
  22. ^ Knox, David (14 November 2014). "TEN 2015 highlights: Celebrity, Drama, Sport.". TV Tonight. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  23. ^ Knox, David (March 7, 2015). "Airdate: The Odd Couple, Melb. Comedy Festival Gala. Returning: Modern Family". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  24. ^ Bibel, Sara (February 20, 2015). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'Scandal', 'Two and a Half Men' & 'How To Get Away With Murder' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  25. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 15, 2015). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Blacklist' Adjusted Up; 'Reign' Adjusted Down; No Adjustment to 'Scandal'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  26. ^ "The Odd Couple (2015): Season 1". Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  27. ^ "The Odd Couple: Season 1". Retrieved 19 April 2015. 

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