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Old 01-16-2015, 10:43 PM   #1
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Odd Couple

After seeing ads for new Odd Couple, can't help but think how much better Patrick Warburton and David Hyde Pierce would be in it or maybe even David Spade as Felix.

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Old 01-16-2015, 10:53 PM   #2
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I feel like a new version is almost blasphemy.

The original is still hilarious!

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Old 01-16-2015, 11:02 PM   #3
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I'm really starting to feel bad for Matthew Perry. His movie "career" seems to have ended. How many failed shows has he had in the last 10 years?

I don't have a good feeling about this one either.

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Old 01-16-2015, 11:20 PM   #4
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Looks like a bag of suck.

Matthew Perry is pretty much the kiss of death for any show he stars in..post Friends.

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Old 01-17-2015, 12:08 AM   #5
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Does look like it will be awful, but with better casting could be good.

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Old 01-17-2015, 01:24 AM   #6
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I feel like a new version is almost blasphemy.

The original is still hilarious!
This isn't the first try at a "new version"; I remember Demond Wilson (from Sanford & Son) as Oscar and Ron Glass (from Barney Miller) as Felix. The first episode was pretty much word-for-word taken from an episode of the original (Felix is called into the IRS because he forgot to sign his check, and he inadvertently gets Oscar audited); the second was slightly modified to remove opera references as Felix wasn't an opera buff in the new one.

That's probably going to be another problem; how many people will have remembered the original and will be expecting Oscar and Felix to act the same way?

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Old 01-17-2015, 09:15 AM   #7
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This isn't the first try at a "new version"; I remember Demond Wilson (from Sanford & Son) as Oscar and Ron Glass (from Barney Miller) as Felix. The first episode was pretty much word-for-word taken from an episode of the original (Felix is called into the IRS because he forgot to sign his check, and he inadvertently gets Oscar audited); the second was slightly modified to remove opera references as Felix wasn't an opera buff in the new one.

That's probably going to be another problem; how many people will have remembered the original and will be expecting Oscar and Felix to act the same way?
Add to this that the original is perhaps (IMHO) one of the best, funniest comedy shows EVER. It was perfect. The funny still holds up to this day.

Look - I am clearly a huge fan. My dog is named Oscar after Oscar Madison. When I get another, he will be Felix. But this show was SO AMAZINGLY GREAT. I still quote lines from it.

Why mess with perfection????

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Old 01-17-2015, 09:33 AM   #8
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They lost me at Matthew Perry. I think I'll pass.

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Old 01-17-2015, 11:28 AM   #9
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Of course, the original wasn't original. It was a movie first.

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Old 01-17-2015, 12:08 PM   #10
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Of course, the original wasn't original. It was a movie first.
And a play before that.

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Of course, the original wasn't original. It was a movie first.
I just watched the movie last week. First time I had seen it in many many years. I had forgotten how funny it was. Sure it's dated, but that didn't keep me from crying I was laughing so hard.

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It's not spaghetti, it's linguini! NOW it's garbage. How many have heard that and don't have a clue what it is from.

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Old 01-17-2015, 05:38 PM   #13
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And a play before that.
Art Carney played Felix. Would have loved to have seen that. Where's that DeLorean

The series is my top five easily. In fact number two after The Honeymooners. I also remember the remake back in the 80s. Ron Glass of 'Barney Miller' fame as Felix and Demond Wilson of 'Sanford and Son' as Oscar. I do remember it not being horrible. It was cancelled pretty quickly.

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Old 01-18-2015, 01:31 AM   #14
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Anyone else think that Matthew Perry is percieved to be too much like Felix Unger to make a good/believable Oscar Madison

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Old 01-18-2015, 06:55 AM   #15
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Thankfully, I haven't seen any ads for this show. This thread is the first I've heard of an Odd Couple reboot.

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Dissenting voice. I like Perry and Lennon. Its got Bunk! 'Go On' was actually funny and sweet.

I haven't seen any clips though, but I'm interested.

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Old 01-18-2015, 01:24 PM   #17
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people get way too upset about the existence of remakes. it's not as if all tapes of the original series are being erased.

Hope it's funny. I have my doubts about Matthew Perry top lining anything that's intended to be funny, though.

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Old 01-18-2015, 01:29 PM   #18
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Neal Simon sold the rights to "The Odd Couple" to Paramount for a one time payment of $125,000. He's very bitter about it.

Paramount allowed all of the Odd Couple permutations.

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Old 01-18-2015, 01:40 PM   #19
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I feel like a new version is almost blasphemy.

The original is still hilarious!
What do you mean by the original -- Randall/Klugman or Lemmon/Matthau?

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I actually saw the female version on Broadway in the 80s. Rita Moreno and Sally Struthers. Don't ask me who played who though.

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What do you mean by the original -- Randall/Klugman or Lemmon/Matthau?
Those were both good, but not the original.

Next they'll be trying to remake Laverne & Shirley.

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Those were both good, but not the original.

Next they'll be trying to remake Laverne & Shirley.
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What do you mean by the original -- Randall/Klugman or Lemmon/Matthau?
I was referring to the original TV show - I thought I made that clear.

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people get way too upset about the existence of remakes. it's not as if all tapes of the original series are being erased.
I think people get "upset" because chances are greatly in favor of the remake sucking (because they usually do) and it puts a blemish on a good name. The attempt does more harm than good.

This will be one new show that won't even bother to watch at all, unless I hear rave reviews about the first half dozen episodes.

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I thought the perfect Felix would have been Jim Parsons, but obviously that's not happening.

I'll probably watch this remake, but nothing will beat the original TV show, or the even better movie.

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I tried to search over the weekend to make a SP.. and it only showed the orig TV show.. Weird, since it should be within the time for the new 'make a SP for a future show' window.

Also, I sure thought there was also an attempt at a version of the Odd Couple, but with women (maybe during a writer's strike or something??).. but couldn't find info about it at imdb.

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I also remember the remake back in the 80s. Ron Glass of 'Barney Miller' fame as Felix and Demond Wilson of 'Sanford and Son' as Oscar. I do remember it not being horrible. It was cancelled pretty quickly.
The worst part about that incarnation was that they actually used scripts from the Tony Randall/Jack Klugman series pretty much word-for-word. Made not comparing the two almost impossible.

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One big difference now is another 30+ years have passed, versus ~10 years. The audience they hope to reach haven't seen (or likely heard of) the original TV show.

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The worst part about that incarnation was that they actually used scripts from the Tony Randall/Jack Klugman series pretty much word-for-word. Made not comparing the two almost impossible.
The only real reason for existence for "The New Odd Couple" was to plug a hole in the schedule during the 1981 Writers strike. It is a no-brainer for a studio and network - take scripts you already have, get a non-WGA editor to make any minor tweaks necessary, and film it. Once the strike ended, so too did the show (more or less).

(This is also the reason for the existence of the 1988 version of "Mission: Impossible," except in that case, it was a minor hit and continued on past the "plug a hole in the schedule" role.)

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I tried to search over the weekend to make a SP.. and it only showed the orig TV show.. Weird, since it should be within the time for the new 'make a SP for a future show' window.
I couldn't find it until I type "The" odd couple.

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