Meet television’s new Odd Couple. Reno 911! co-creator/star Thomas Lennon is set to play Felix opposite Matthew Perry‘s Oscar in CBS’s multi-camera comedy pilot The Odd Couple, a take on the Neil Simon classic. Co-written and executive produced by Perry, Odd Couple centers on two mismatched roommates — the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and neat freak Felix Unger (Lennon). The Felix role was played by Art Carney in the original Broadway production of Neil Simon’s play, by Jack Lemmon in the 1968 movie and by Tony Randall in the 1970 ABC/Paramount TV series. The Odd Couple reunites Perry and Lennon, who co-starred together in the feature 17 Again. Before that, Lennon had a recurring role on NBC’s Friends, which starred Perry. Written by Perry and Frasier veteran Joe Keenan, The Odd Couple pilot hails from CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman-Beverly and The Tannenbaum Co.
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Lennon is coming off a standout role on NBC’s short-lived comedy series Sean Saves The World. He executive produces with writing partner R. Ben Garant Comedy Central’s breakout late night show, @midnight. Additionally, Lennon and Garant are writing feature films Naked Gun for Paramount with Ed Helms attached to star, Guinea Pigging for director Mitch Hurwitz at Chernin Entertainment and Fox 2000; and Choose Your Own Adventure for director Rawson Thurber and producer John Davis at Fox. They also wrote all installments in the Night At The Museum feature franchise including the upcoming third movie. Lennon is with CAA, Principato-Young and attorney Karl Austen.