Hatcher’s first major TV gig following Desperate Housewives was on CBS’ remake of Neil Simon’s classic play The Odd Couple. According to Entertainment Weekly, the actress began taping her guest-starring stint in 2015 (her episodes aired in 2016) as single mom Charlotte, the love interest of Oscar, who was played by Friends alum Matthew Perry. Of the TV veterans’ on-screen kisses, Hatcher told Extra TV, “[It’s] that respectful thing, with the newness of somebody, where you’re like, ‘I’ll go get some gum. I just had coffee. I’m so sorry.’ I said to him today, ‘I’m over the coffee breath thing, you can have whatever kind of breath you want.'”
Despite Hatcher and Perry’s on-screen chemistry, the series itself was poorly reviewed. Receiving just a 26 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, the site’s critical consensus read, “Stars Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon make a fine Oscar and Felix, but The Odd Couple‘s flat jokes and canned laughter are pretty old hat.” Ouch. According to Deadline, the show was the lowest-rated comedy on CBS in 2017, which ultimately led to its cancellation after three seasons.