Bill Cosby Developing New Sitcom With NBC

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Back in the 1990s, it seemed like every sitcom on television was tailored specifically to the comedian leading its cast. Shows like Roseanne, Home Improvement and Everybody Loves Raymond are just a few examples of hit series that fit this bill, and all three helped keep the family sitcom a television mainstay for years. However, before those shows even aired their respective pilots, The Cosby Show accomplished both these tasks.

Running from 1984 to 1992, the series was one of the biggest hits of its time, reinvigorating family sitcoms and paving the way for more African-American ensemble casts on shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Family Matters. Now, over twenty years since his signature series came to an end, Cosby seems poised to take on television once again.

According to Deadline, Cosby is reuniting with NBC (which originally aired The Cosby Show) to develop a new half-hour family comedy. Tom Werner – whose company produced Cosby’s 1980s hit show – will produce the new series, which will feature Cosby as the “patriarch of a multi-generational family,” though no other specifics about the plot have been revealed. Cosby and Werner are currently searching for writers.

Cosby and Rashad Bill Cosby Developing New Sitcom With NBC

Considering that The Cosby Show lent a significant boost to NBC’s ratings, it’s clear that the network is hoping that Cosby’s presence in their schedule will have a similar effect nowadays. However, the question here is whether Cosby still maintains the same star power he did in his heyday. His last sitcom, simply entitled Cosby, ran for four seasons on CBS, but more than a decade has passed since it went off the air. Furthermore, the concept of a traditional family sitcom is far rarer and not the ratings bonanza it once was.

Still, the idea of having Cosby on the air could be an interesting idea. After all, his offbeat perspective on marriage, parenting and family life in general has worked twice before. Perhaps this new series could introduce a new generation to Cosby and fill a void left on the television landscape in the process. However, it does beg the question: how long until Phylicia Rashãd, Cosby’s two-time TV wife, signs on?

Do you think that a new Cosby series could work now? Should the show hew closely to its predecessors, or would you prefer Cosby do something radically different this time? Sound off in the comments section below.


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Source: Deadline

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  1. Bill strikes me as a good guy, so I have no doubt that, if this gets the green light, it will be a show that attempts to raise the culture, rather than lower it, as so many other shows do now.

  2. I got five words for ya:

  3. They don’t make sitcoms like they use to.

  4. He’s far from finished :)

  5. I thought the Michael J. Fox show was going to be good, but it’s a bit of a stinker. I’m gonna give this show a chance, even though Mr. Cosby is hitting the high 70s. His show in the 90s was what made the 90s great, for whites, blacks, ect.

    I’d back a show with him in it, as long it doesn’t have to do with him being an Grandfather to two 13-15 year old girls in this day and age of cell phones, tablets, computers. It could really back fire in a BAD BAD BAD bad way.

  6. I’m not sure it will catch on or have the desired effect for NBC.
    We live in a changed and different world now.

    I for one, would welcome Cosby back with a new show. I’ve been watching re-runs of the The Cosby Show nightly and think wholesome sitcoms with great family values are extinct these days.

  7. I’m all for this, but today’s television climate is totally different. I do like Tim Allen’s new show ,”Man of the House,” so I hope Cosby’s new show will have a shot. I just hope they focus on making a great show and not just a show trying to hit on all the demo’s, somebody in the family is gay, or married to a white person, the troubled teen, the young single parent, the cute child, etc. If it happens, it happens, but don’t force it.

    It would also be good to shoot it like Modern Family or Parks and Rec.

  8. I’m a big fan of the Cosby Show, so I’m pretty biased about this. Honestly I think that a nostalgia-centric sitcom tailored specifically to look and feel old-timey would be an interesting way to go.

  9. Cosby as a grandfather? I totally see it!

  10. Matthew Perry (Go On – cancelled), Sean Hayes (Sean Saves the World – cancellation pending), Michael J. Fox (The Michael J. Fox Show – cancellation pending), and now Bill Cosby.
    Is NBC just trying to relive their heyday by resurrecting their former stars with new series and pray the nostalgia brings in the ratings? Look out John Lithgow and Ted Danson, you’re up next after they figure out how to get Seinfeld to come back to the network.

  11. Awesome news! We would LOVE to see Cosby back with his TV wife Rashad, now with adult kids who have kids! Terrific stuff!

  12. I think that the new show will be the best thing tv really needs it