Fans of Matthew Perry’s rejoice (and is anyone not a fan of the Friends legend?)! The television star is back once again on the small screen in the new CBS reboot of The Odd Couple, co-starring comedian Thomas Lennon.
The new update of the classic Neil Simon play/film/series just got a premiere date — Thursday, Feb. 19 at 8:30 p.m. CBS is supporting the show big time by having For its first week on the air, Odd Couple will have lead-in from top-rated comedy The Big Bang Theory and then will be followed by the final episode of Two and a Half Men, which is getting a special one hour series finale. Beginning on Feb. 26, Odd Couple will continue having Big Bang Theory for a lead-in and will be followed by a Big Bang Theory repeat every week. Nice Sheldon sandwich!
Perry stars as messy slob Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon plays uptight neat freak Felix Unger. In the 1968 movie, the most well-known version of Simon’s play, the duo was played by beloved actors Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.
Since Friends ended in 2004, Perry was never away from the television screen for long. He was on the short-lived but well-loved dramedy Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006-2007) as well as comedies Mr. Sunshine (2011) and Go On (2012-2013), neither which ever really got their mojo. Perry also had some CBS love in 2012 when he guest-starring role on the network’s hit drama The Good Wife during the show’s fourth session.
Lennon is perhaps best known for starring as Lieutenant Jim Dangle on Comedy Central’s mock cop show Reno 911! He was also on NBC’s Sean Hayes-comedy vehicle Sean Saves the World, which was cancelled after its first season earlier this year. Lennon is also an established screenwriter, including having written all three Night at the Museum movies. Random fact alert!
With two veteran and well-liked comedians and a stellar place on the CBS calendar, The Odd Couple is being given a nice boost toward success. I, for one, am excited to watch!
(Lead image courtesy of EW.com)