CBS has planned a special episode of the half-hour comedy The Odd Couple that will pay tribute to Garry Marshall. Cast members from Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy will appear in the November 7, 2016 episode of The Odd Couple, a series based on a sitcom developed and executive produced by Marshall. Garry Marshall was involved in the current The Odd Couple series as a consultant prior to his death on July 19, 2016 at the age of 81. He also appeared in the series as Oscar’s father, Walter.
CBS announced Ron Howard, Marion Ross, Anson Williams, and Don Most from Happy Days will be among the celebrities appearing in the November 7th tribute. Laverne & Shirley stars Penny Marshall (Garry’s sister) and Cindy Williams will also be a part of the tribute to Williams, as will Pam Dawber from Mork & Mindy.
“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,” stated executive producer Bob Daily. “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.”
CBS’ The Odd Couple stars Matthew Perry as Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as Felix Unger. The plot of the November 7th tribute episode finds Oscar 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.”