The Odd Couple (2015 TV series)

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The Odd Couple
Genre Sitcom
Developed by
Starring
Theme music composer Neal Hefti
Country of origin United States
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) CBS Television Studios
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
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 upcoming CBS multi-camera TV sitcom. It is the fourth screen production based on the 1965 play written by Neil Simon, preceded by a 1968 theatrical release, a 1970 television series, and a 1982 remake of the 1970 series.

The new show will star Matthew Perry (also developing and executive producing the series) as the slovenly Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as the obsessively-tidy Felix Unger. The show was announced in December 2013 and was picked up by CBS as a midseason offering for the 2014-15 season.

The series is set to premiere on February 19, 2015, at 8:30 pm Eastern following The Big Bang Theory, replacing Mom which moves to Thursday at 9:30 pm.[1][2]

Plot[edit]

In the mid-to-late 1990s, Felix Unger and Oscar Madison meet at college, 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 Frances, and Oscar settles down with the insecure Gaby) and have children.

About twenty years later, Felix, now a neat-freak photographer is kicked out by his ex-wife Frances and moves in with his best friend Oscar, now a sports-writer, whose ex-wife Gaby has left him because of his slobbiness. Now both divorcees will have to live in the same apartment 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 coincidentally are roommates in the same building, and they both have recently divorced their husbands. Felix however is pretty insecure as he still has feelings for Frances, 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 one of the players being Teddy, an extremely naive policeman.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
Code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot"[6] Matthew Perry Joe Keenan & Matthew Perry[7] February 19, 2015 (2015-02-19) 102
Oscar's new bachelor life is interrupted by the arrival of Felix, who is making "a short visit".
2 "The Ghostwriter"[6] February 26, 2015 (2015-02-26) 105
Oscar has to write the newspaper's theater column while the reviewer is on sick leave, so he hands his duties to Felix.
3 "The Birthday Party"[6] March 5, 2015 (2015-03-05) 101
Oscar and Teddy try to get Felix's spirits high on his first birthday after his divorce.
4 "The Blind Leading The Blind Date"[6] March 12, 2015 (2015-03-12) 108
Oscar fixes Felix on a blind date without his knowledge.

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. 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 cancelled after less than a 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.[8] On February 25, 2014, CBS ordered a pilot co-written by Perry and Joe Keenan.[7] 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 scored 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, 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]

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. ^ Ausiello, Michael (October 4, 2014). "CBS' Odd Couple Reboot Promotes Yvette Nicole Brown to Series Regular". TV Line. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (August 18, 2014). "Leslie Bibb Joins CBS' The Odd Couple". TV Line. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ Guide, TV (August 22, 2014). "Geoff Stults Lands Recurring Roles on 'The Odd Couple' and Netflix' 'Grace and Frankie'". TV Guide. Retrieved August 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d "A-Z - odd couple, the on cbs". TheFutonCritic.com. January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Development Update: Tuesday, February 25". The Futon Critic. February 25, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Development Update: Friday, December 13". The Futon Critic. December 13, 2013. 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. ^ http://tvline.com/2014/10/04/yvette-nicole-brown-the-odd-couple-series-regular-cbs/
  19. ^ http://www.tvguide.com/News/Yvette-Nicole-Brown-1087724.aspx
  20. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2014/10/06/development-update-monday-october-6-659512/11067/
  21. ^ Knox, David (14 November 2014). "TEN 2015 highlights: Celebrity, Drama, Sport.". TV Tonight. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  22. ^ "Matthew Perry set to play slob in Odd Couple remake". canada.com. 2014-11-17. Retrieved 2014-12-18. 

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