Bill Cosby returning to TV with new NBC sitcom
Bill Cosby is heading to NBC to develop a comedy that addresses parenting and marriage, The Hollywood Reporter reported this morning.
Wait, what year is it again?
The legendary comedian who headlined NBC's The Cosby Show from 1984-1992 is headed back to the network, reteaming with his old producing partner Tom Werner to create a family sitcom. Cosby will also star in the new show, as the patriarch of a multi-generational family who offers his take on marriage and parenting.
It makes sense that NBC would reach back into the vault, tapping one of the funniest guys in the biz to try to recapture some of that Cosby Show magic. The sitcom about the Huxtable family was a game-changer for the network when it debuted in 1984 (it was No. 1 in the Nielsen ratings for multiple seasons), not to mention instrumental in bringing back the sitcom and knocking down racial barriers on TV.
The show went off the air more than 20 years ago, and Bill is 76 now. But don't worry about whether he's up to the challenge of carrying a sitcom.
Just check out this video of him on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and these clips from his 2013 Comedy Central special, appropriately titled Far From Finished. He's still the funniest guy in the room.