Given the first round of reviews, 'The Odd Couple' could be heading for a separation.
A remake of the classic sitcom and movie about two divorced men who become roommates even though they are polar opposites. Sounds dreadful doesn't it? 'Remake' is enough to send the alarm bells ringing but when you throw in the fact that what we're discussing here is Odd Couple - a remake of the Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau movie now starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon - then that's when our palms begin to get clammy.
Matthew Perry has been looking to remake The Odd Couple for over 10 years
"The first few minutes include some unfunny lines followed by ridiculous bursts of canned laughter" said Nancy DeWolf of the Wall Street Journal.
"[Matthew] Perry's idea of being slovenly is a little extra facial hair. Otherwise he dresses pretty well, even wearing a tie in some scenes. His handling of his speaking parts otherwise is forced and kind of sad," said Ed Bark of Uncle Bark.
"It's impossible to say how the show will progress from here, but it's hard to believe that it will ever feel anything other than remarkably familiar and derivative of better properties with better casts," wrote Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com.
"The Odd Couple is two unnecessary things at once: another reboot and another attempt to replicate (and now replace) the soon-to-end Two and a Half Men with another sitcom about newly single miserable white men rebooting their lives," said Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly.
Set to premiere on Thursday after The Big Bang Theory, The Odd Couple is something of a pet project for Perry - a self-confessed fan of the 1968 film version. The former 'Friends' actor had been pitching the idea to networks since the late 2000s though after executives turned it down, he focused his attention on NBC's Go On, which was cancelled after less than a season. CBS finally picked up The Odd Couple in late 2013. We're predicting it will suffer the same fate as Go On.