Bill Cosby has struck a deal to return to NBC with an untitled half-hour family comedy that he will star in. The deal comes nearly 30 years after his hit sitcom The Cosby Show debuted on NBC in 1984.
The show will be built around the comedian, who will play the patriarch of a multi-generational family, offering his views on parenting and marriage, much like The Cosby Show and his 1990s CBS sitcom Cosby. The actor is teaming up with The Cosby Show producer Tom Werner, both of whom are currently meeting with writers. NBC has put the show on the off-season development track.
The news comes just two months after he told Yahoo! TV that he wants to bring a new family show back to primetime TV. Here's what he had to say in that interview.
"I want to be able to deliver a wonderful show to [a] network. Because there is a viewership out there that wants to see comedy, and warmth, and love, and surprise, and cleverness, without going into the party attitude. They would like to see a married couple that acts like they love each other, warts and all, children who respect the parenting, and the comedy of people who make mistakes. Warmth and forgiveness. So I hope to get that opportunity, and I will deliver the best of Cosby, and that will be a series, I assume, that we could get enough people week after week after week to tune in to, to come along with us."
He also stressed during the interview that he wasn't interested in remaking The Cosby Show, while saying he hopes this show can bring modern families together, without the use of the multitude of technology around us.
"(The show) is a work in respect to the family, that the children sit with the parents and watch, but it's not like little children sitting around. It's like a 28-year-old with the mother, a 28-year-old son taking his father somewhere. I'm talking about how viewers would be able to sit and share and then, using your mouth to talk to each other."
Bill Cosby is also working on a reboot of the 1970s animated series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. The show spawned the 2004 live-action theatrical remake Fat Albert, starring Kenan Thompson, but Bill Cosby wants to bring the show back to its animated roots that will also feature live-action wraparounds by the comedian.
"It's got to be animated, every bit of it. Maybe except for yours truly saying, 'I told you this is going to be funny, and if you pay attention, you just might learn something.'"
He is currently working with writer Tom Straw (Nurse Jackie) to create this new Fat Albert, although it isn't known if the project has a network home as of yet.