'Odd Couple' no sloppy remake of neat story

February 17, 2015 3:21 PM

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CBS has done one smart thing in creating the new TV adaptation of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," premiering Thursday. Acknowledging the probability that no one who saw it could ever forget the 1970s adaptation, the creators of the new show pay homage to its forebear, not only by using a new arrangement of Neal Hefti's unforgettable score but in how Thomas Lennon plays the odder of the titular couple, Felix Unger.

Tony Randall never tried to imitate Jack Lemmon, who played Felix in the film version, but Lennon at times seems just one sinus-clearing honk away from impersonating Randall as the neurotic neatnik who shows up at the door of the unrepentant slob Oscar Madison (Matthew Perry), after his wife throws ...

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