The November 7 episode of CBS’ The Odd Couple will take a look back with a tribute to the original series’ co-creator Garry Marshall, who died in July. The episode will feature actors from his hit TV shows including Ron Howard, Marion Ross, Anson Williams and Don Most from Happy Days; Marshall’s sister Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams from Laverne & Shirley; and Pam Dawber from Mork & Mindy, which made Robin Williams a star. In the 1978-79 season, those series claimed three of the top four slots in all of primetime.
Marshall developed and was the executive producer of the original Odd Couple, which starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, and ran from 1970-75, and served as executive consultant on the current version, starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon as Oscar Madison and Felix Unger, respectively. In the current series, Marshall guest-starred once as Oscar’s father, Walter.
“The writing staff and everyone on The Odd Couple reboot was thrilled when Garry Marshall joined us as a producer because his shows were part of our TV DNA,” said executive producer Bob Daily. “He was a kind, generous presence on the set, and we loved him dearly. And when we lost him, we knew we had to do something to honor his legacy – something that, like Garry’s work, was both heartfelt and zany. We are so grateful that the stars of these classic shows are able to join us in honoring him.”