The Odd Couple honoring Garry Marshall with all-star tribute
The Odd Couple is going to give Garry Marshall a fitting memorial.
The CBS sitcom, which is a reboot of the ’70s show Marshall developed, will pay tribute to the late filmmaker with a special episode on Nov. 7 featuring a slew of guest stars from shows Marshall worked on during his career.
Joining leads Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon next week are former stars from Happy Days (Ron Howard, Marion Ross, Anson Williams, and Don Most), Laverne & Shirley (Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams), and Mork & Mindy (Pam Dawber). The episode centers on Oscar (Perry) reconnecting with many significant 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 used to own. Marshall played Walter in an April episode.
Marshall, who died July 19 at 81 years old, had a long and storied career in Hollywood. His fingerprints were left all over the industry, from creating Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley, directing films like Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries, among others.
“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 said 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.”
The Odd Couple airs Mondays at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS.