After a reboot of the DVR to recapture full utility of my Time Warner Cable On Demand, I sat down to the first two episodes of “The Odd Couple,” the pilot last night and this week’s follow-up this morning.
So now I must admit it.
My teeth-gnashing regarding Matthew Perry filling the shoes of my beloved Oscar Madison was unneeded fret and wail. This CBS remake of the Neil Simon classic is OK with me. Perry, the most neurotic of “Friends” Chandler Bing himself, pulls off the sloppy sportswriter played so well by Walter Matthau and Jack Klugman in my youth quite well. And his angst taken from the fastidiousness of roommate Felix Ungar, works quite well with the arch of Thomas Lennon. The chemistry is there.
I like how they’ve brought the story into 2015, in fact. Oscar is a sports radio host that works out of his living room. Their apartment is in a big city building that allows plenty of quirky friends and neighbors to drop by, and Oscar to wander to the nearby pub and flirt with women and do Oscarly things and Felix to take photographs and straighten Oscar’s ways and do Felixy things. They crack jokes about social media and even stray to the sligthly risque about singleness.
The supporting cast seems strong, with Yvette Nicole Brown from “Community” as Oscar’s assistant, Wendell Pierce from HBO’s “The Wire” and “Treme” as Oscar’s agent, and Lindsay Sloane from “Horrible Bosses” as a neighbor familiar and funny.
Now that my reboot worked, I’ll watch this reboot again.
Have you watched the remaked of “The Odd Couple” yet, and if so, what do you think? Do you want them to bring back more old shows and bring them into today’s age, and if so, which shows? Which actors would you like to play classic roles?