'The Odd Couple': Matthew Perry Reveals Secrets Behind CBS' Modern Remake!

by Leanne Aguilera 6:49 PM PST, January 23, 2015
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Old show. New cast. Same laughs.

On Thursday, Feb. 19, CBS is hoping The Odd Couple — their modern reboot of the classic sitcom — is going to appeal to a whole new generation of TV viewers, while still satisfying the nostalgia aspect of those who loved the original.

Starring Matthew Perry as Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as Felix Unger, The Odd Couple will feature the now-iconic sitcom troupe of what happens when two completely opposite men (one's a neat-freak, while the other is a slob) are forced to move in together.

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To help get the perfect mix of old and new, Garry Marshall, who executive produced and developed their original early ’70s sitcom, is working behind-the-scenes as a consultant on the CBS reboot.

So what's going to be the biggest difference between the old Odd Couple and the new? According to executive producer Bob Daily, the answer is simple: Sex. "We actually get to see the pains of sharing an apartment while someone is having sex," Daily shared at the Winter TCA Press Tour.

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Another main different is that today's odd couple can embrace their bromance — a concept that Marshall said was frowned upon by network execs in the '70s. "The network was concerned that we were being too gay," Marshall revealed about his time as executive producer on the original series. "They kept saying, 'Put more girls in it!' I would make the guys gush and kiss just to make them crazy. Ours is a more modern show."

Take a look at our video above for an exclusive interview with the new stars, and a blast into the past with the original odd couple, Tony Randall and Jack Klugman.

The Odd Couple premieres Thursday, Feb. 19 at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.