After having one show cancelled on ABC and two on NBC over the past decade, it looks like it's CBS' turn to try and turn Matthew Perry into a leading man in an updated version of The Odd Couple, according to Deadline. In addition to starring as Oscar Madison (the messy one), Perry will also produce and write the multi-camera series. Here is what Perry had to say about the project:
Ever since seeing the movie The Odd Couple when I was 10 years old, it has been a dream for me to play Oscar Madison. To be given the opportunity to develop a modern version of it for CBS has put a permanent smile across my face. I met up with a wonderful writing partner in Danny Jacobson. We both have such a passion for the source material that we have instantly become obsessed with making this great. Plus, I think it’s time for me to be in front of a live audience again. I miss that. The search for Felix Ungar is on!
Both multi-camera sitcoms and Perry himself are relics of the ‘90s, but maybe this type of old-school sitcom can be embraced by a modern audience as an alternative to what’s currently on the air.