'Odd Couple' reunites casts of TV classics for Garry Marshall tribute

Television and film legend Garry Marshall, who died in July, is getting a nod from The Odd Couple on CBS.

Well, it's more than a nod. A tribute to the Hollywood television and film legend who brought audiences laughs is set for the Nov. 7 (9:30 ET/PT) episode of the sitcom starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon.

Actors from many of Marshall's popular shows will appear on the episode. Among them: Ron Howard, Marion Ross, Anson Williams and Don Most from Happy Days; Cindy Williams from Laverne & Shirley; and Pam Dawber from Mork & Mindy.

Marshall developed and was executive producer of the original TV version of The Odd Couple, which starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman; he also was an executive consultant on the reboot of the comedy, in which Perry plays Oscar Madison and Lennon is Felix Unger. Marshall guest starred as Oscar's father.

“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,” executive producer Bob Daily says in a statement. “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.”

In the tribute episode, Oscar reconnects with important people from Walter’s life when he agrees to carry out his father’s final wish to spread his ashes behind the candy factory he once owned.


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