Matthew Perry has admitted that he fought a ten-year battle to resist stereotype casting and a return to studio sitcoms.
The 44-year-old became a global star while playing Chandler Bing on the hit comedy Friends but has yet to repeat that level of success.
Perry subsequently led the cast in three new shows - Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Mr Sunshine and Go On - but all were cancelled after just a single season.
Next year he will star in a reboot of 1970s’ comedy The Odd Couple, and he told Broadcast: “I thought it was time to be in front of a studio audience once again.
“I've battled against it for ten years and finally decided that's what I really like doing and it's what I'm best at, so doing The Odd Couple was the dream."
Perry will play unkempt sports journalist Oscar Madison in the new adaptation of Neil Simon's classic play about two divorced pals sharing an apartment.
Walter Matthau played the Oscar Madison role in the film version of the play while Jack Klugman took over the mantle for the original TV series, which ran for five hugely successful seasons in the early 1970s.
“It's important to be able to play a creative part as well,” Perry added. “To be able to watch over things and not just be a talking head on a TV show was important to me.”
Here are the classic opening credits and theme tune for The Odd Couple: