Why Some Happy Days Actors Are Joining The Odd Couple

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Television nowadays is filled with reboots and revivals. One of the newer shows that successfully made an old premise new again is The Odd Couple, which is currently in its third season on CBS. The sitcom never would have existed if not for late creator Garry Marshall adapting Neil Simon's play back in the 1970s, and an upcoming episode will give nods back to the life and career of the man responsible for a lot of laughs. In honor of Marshall, stars from Happy Days and other classic shows will guest star on The Odd Couple this season.

Marion Ross, Ron Howard, Anson Williams, and Don Williams will be among the most recognizable guest stars thanks to their roles on Happy Days. In addition to crafting the original Odd Couple's TV iteration and Happy Days, Garry Marshall created Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy, and the upcoming episode will also feature Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall of Laverne & Shirley, with Pam Dawber representing Mork & Mindy.

The tribute episode will feature Oscar reaching out to significant figures of his life while he is on a mission to honor his father's final wish, which was to spread his ashes on the grounds of the candy factory that he once owned. TVLine reports that the episode will air on Monday, November 7 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

Garry Marshall passed away in July due to complications of pneumonia following a stroke, leaving behind a legacy of laughs spanning decades. Since Marshall worked as an executive consultant for the new Odd Couple in addition to all his other contributions to TV comedy, it's fitting that he gets a unique primetime tribute from the cast and crew. Marshall himself appeared in front of the camera at one point during the reboot, playing the father of slob extraordinaire Oscar. He was a fun addition to the cast as he bounced off of Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon, and it's a shame that we'll never get to see more of the boys interacting with Oscar's dad.

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All in all, the November 7 episode sounds like it will have a lot going on. It should be interesting to see if the classic sitcom stars play themselves on The Odd Couple or if they will be playing other characters. Either way, it should worth watching. Be sure to tune in to catch stars from Garry Marshall's biggest hits as they gather on the small screen to honor the man whose creativity brought them together.

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