I don’t really know anything at all about The Odd Couple in its original state, so unfortunately it doesn’t mean much to me that Matthew Perry‘s remake has been given a pilot order by CBS and may indeed make it to air. Of course, it’s great to see that Perry might have another job as he’s had a tough go of things over the past few years as far as TV shows go (and, you know, personally), so this could be big!
The new version is also written by Joe Keenan (Frasier). Executive producers also include Danny Jacobson, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum.
“Ever since seeing the movie The Odd Couple when I was 10 years old, it has been a dream for me to play Oscar Madison,” said Perry.
“To be given the opportunity to develop a modern version of it for CBS has put a permanent smile across my face. Plus, I think it’s time for me to be in front of a live audience again. I miss that. The search for Felix Ungar is on!”
Well, fair enough! Any Odd Couple fans around here? Do you think the series should be brought back or left alone?
Matthew Perry was dating the adorably sexy Lizzy Caplan AKA Janis Ian from Mean Girls for a few years. A lot of people were surprised to hear about it. And a lot of people are surprised to hear that they broke up about a year and a half ago. They are really good at being quiet. At least, that’s what people are saying. A source told Us Weekly,
It happened a year and a half ago. They haven’t been together for a long time.
Well, that’s a shame. We at Evil Beet loved seeing them together. Us goes on to say that Ms. Caplan was, “recently spotted on a date with a mystery man at Cleo at the Redbury Hotel in Hollywood.”
Matthew Perry needs to get a show that sticks, I swear to God. Why is no one appreciating this man’s talent? Can we just give Matthew Perry a show titled Can We Just Give Matthew Perry A Show in which Matthew Perry tries to get a show? He’s good beyond being Chandler Bing. Didn’t feel very good to him though. Perry’s been very open about his various substance abuse problems while filming Friends. Here’s the latest, from what he told People magazine (some via Daily Mail):
[I was] never high at work [but was] painfully, painfully hung over.
I had a big problem with alcohol and pills and I couldn’t stop. Eventually things got so bad that I couldn’t hide it, and then everybody knew.
From an outsider’s perspective it would seem like I had it all. It was actually a very lonely time for me because I was suffering from alcoholism.
Well that sucks. Glad he’s gotten better. He was actually just honored with the White House Recovery Award for speaking about drug addiction and helping others. Wish his latest cancelled show, Go On, actually went on. Speaking of which, he handled this reporter’s faux pas with such grace:
Matthew Perry has been incredibly open about his struggle with drug addiction and faced a lot of bad press in his way for it, but he’s turned a terrible time in his life into something incredibly positive by working to help others recover and get their lives back on track. That work hasn’t gone unnoticed, either – the actor was given the Champion of Recovery award (which I didn’t even know was a thing) from the White House and US Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske (we have a drug czar?) this week for “giving a voice to the millions of Americans in recovery”.
U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske presented the award to Perry at a meeting attended by Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and others. The certificate of appreciation lauds the actor for “giving a voice to the millions of Americans in recovery.”
Perry called the ONDCP honor “surreal.” “During my darkest times, I never could of imagined receiving an award at the White House,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
“Had I been arrested, I would be sitting in prison somewhere with a tattoo on my face,” Perry tells THR. “I’m very lucky that I never got arrested.”
After the White House meeting, Perry joined drug court advocates in speaking at a Capitol Hill briefing with Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse. He also managed to write a blog post for the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
“Over time, I learned that drug courts are a wonderful solution to one of the biggest problems facing our criminal justice system: people suffering from substance-use disorders who are caught in the cycle of arrest and incarceration,” Perry wrote in the post that appeared on the White House website. “Many of these individuals require treatment, not a jail cell, and drug courts provide them a means of getting the treatment they need.”
Good for him, seriously. He’s living proof that if you really want to turn your life around and you work hard at it and surround yourself with people who want that for you, as well, you can do it. Thumbs up, Matthew Perry.
Matthew Perry has had a tough go of it over the years, what with his drug addiction problems, intermittent weight gain and loss and multiple failed/shitty TV shows (because let’s be honest, he’s Chandler Bing forever and that’s pretty much the end of the road). He didn’t just f-ck around with the tame stuff, either – it was opiates he was after, so that pretty much means he was smoking heroin (I know that’s not the only opiate, but if someone has to refer to them as “opiates”, they’re most likely doing so in lieu of saying the H word) and that shit is no joke.
Speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative University conference, Perry shared the highs and lows of his experience with attendees, saying:
“I was so hooked on opiates,” he explained, “that I couldn’t even leave my bedroom.” (via Neon Tommy)
He went through rehab and got clean, however, and has decided to “live for others” now that he’s not living for the drugs. He even made a rather astute joke about how the only time he got on the cover of People was when he decided to go to rehab. That’s showbiz for ya, kid. Good for him for getting and (sorta) staying sober.
Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry, AKA Monica + Chandler = 4eva, are going to be reunited on television. Ms. Cox is filming a role on Mr. Perry’s show Go On [And Cancel Us Already] at this very moment. Yay! Above is the photo she posted on her twitter account with, “My first box husband.” (I guess she means first television husband? What an…interesting way to say that. Or something? I don’t know, what’s going on?)
THEN, Perry posted a photo of his own, on his twitter account, tweeting “Yayyyyyyyy!”
Yay indeed, everyone! Seeing this photo is making me feel old. Cox looks like my therapist now. And Perry looks adorable but may want to rethink that 12 year-old at the skater park hairdo. Or not, whatever. I’M BREEZY!
Ever discover that two of your acquaintances are dating? Have you had this happen? And you’re like, “Oh, wow. That’s so random. I didn’t realize they even knew each other.”
And for a moment you catch yourself wrinkling your nose at this new information, because he’s a busboy and she’s in HR, and he has tattoos and she wears suits. But then your brain’s motor starts whirring, and you think, “Well, they do both listen to a lot of NPR. And I’ve heard them each talk, separately, about how much they like Community.”
And then you really start putting it all together, and you slowly realize they both have a lot of the same weird tics and mannerisms, and you’re like, “Why, how did I never think of it! That’s the greatest pairing in the history of humankind!”
Introducing Matthew Perry and Lizzy Caplan! Wow. Just, wow. Can you imagine going on a double-date with this couple? Can you imagine how wry they both are? And you’d sit across from them at dinner, frowning all night. And finally you’d go, “Are you two kidding? Just now, was that some kind of a joke? Because my sarcast-o-meter is going off-the-charts, but I can’t process any of this.”