'The Odd Couple' Salutes Garry Marshall With His Sitcom Stars
"The Odd Couple" remembers the late Garry Marshall – the TV producer who played Oscar's father – with a reunion of TV stars from Marshall's popular shows on Monday.
"Happy Days" stars Ron Howard, Marion Ross, Anson Williams and Don Most; "Laverne & Shirley" stars Penny Marshall (Garry's sister) and Cindy Williams; and Pam Dawber from “Mork & Mindy” will appear in the CBS series Monday (9:30 p.m., Channel 12).
Marshall developed and was the executive producer of the original “The Odd Couple” TV series, starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, on ABC from 1970 to 1975. He was an "executive consultant" on CBS' version starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon as Oscar Madison and Felix Unger, respectively. Marshall appeared as Oscar’s father, Walter, in an episode in April.
In Monday's episode, Oscar (Perry) reconnects with many people from his father's life when he agrees to carry out Walter's last request to spread his ashes behind the candy factory he owned. That's where he meets Penny Marshall.
His impressive TV credits included the "Dick Van Dyke Show," "I Spy," "The Lucy Show," "Joanie Loves Chachi," "Angie," "Make Room For Daddy," "The Danny Thomas Hour," "Love American Style" and the "Bill Dana Show,"
For the big screen, his credits included "The Princess Diaries," "Pretty Woman," "Runaway Bride, "The Flamingo Kid" and "Young Doctors In Love."
“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 in the CBS announcement.
"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,” Daily said.