‘The Odd Couple’ First Teaser Out; Producers Discuss Updating Series to Fit Trend [WATCH VIDEO]
CBS has released the first teaser to “The Odd Couple,” the network’s latest comedy series in the Thursday block. The show, which kicks-off Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at 8:30 p.m. brings back comedy veterans Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon to television, playing roommates who are complete opposites. Read on for more details.
The short 30-second teaser to “The Odd Couple” is presented with a rap song, perhaps in an attempt to connect with a younger audience. With the show led by older comedians and with the story actually based on a 1965 play, presenting a hip teaser is not what one would normally expect.
The clip doesn’t give away much, except to explain the dynamics between the lead characters.
Felix Unger (Lennon) is the neat and uptight roommate, while Oscar Madison (Perry) is the sloppy and boorish one. Living together poses some challenges that promise to be hilarious and fun to watch. You can watch the teaser below.
The decision to remake “The Odd Couple,” which was already made into a TV show back in the ’70s, and then again in the ’80s, was due to its durability. The people behind the current inception thought that it was probably high time to update it.
Perry got interested in doing the remake of “The Odd Couple,” and when he found out that CBS was thinking of developing the show, he went for it. He also serves as writer and executive producer for the show, apart from starring in the series.
Some of the updates they had to do in the 2015 version included changing the job of character of Oscar into a sports radio host, as opposed to being a sportswriter for a news outfit. Felix, meanwhile, does yoga and plays the cello in this new version. The storylines have also been updated to fit current trends, with the bromance more explicit and with some hints of sex. These scenarios were usually frowned upon back in the ’70s and ’80s.
“We actually get to see the pains of sharing an apartment while someone is having sex,” said Bob Daily, the show’s executive producer, as published on Deadline.
The Deadline report also mentions that the plots of the episodes are current and original, but in the pilot, the writers took a joke from the original play 45 years ago.
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