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Bill Cosby headed back to TV with new NBC sitcom

Thirty years after his family friendly sitcom debuted, Bill Cosby is headed back to the small screen. “The Cosby Show” creator and star has a new NBC comedy in the works, according to a Jan. 22 report from The Hollywood Reporter.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 25th Awards Gala on November 11, 2013 in Washington City.
Photo by Larry French

The 76-year-old TV legend will reunite with “Cosby Show” producer Tom Werner for the project, which will be centered around Cosby, who will play the patriarch of a multigenerational family.

Cosby recently told Yahoo TV that he longed to return to TV for another family show: “I want to be able to deliver a wonderful show to a network," he said. "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, children who respect the parenting, and the comedy of people who make mistakes … 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."

Cosby’s TV career dates back to the early 1960s, when he starred in “I Spy.” He brought a beloved stand-up character to life with the ‘70s Saturday morning cartoon “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids,” before his long run on NBC with “The Cosby Show,” which aired from 1984 to 1992. He later reunited with “Cosby” wife Phylicia Rashad for the sitcom ”Cosby.” And who can forget all of those Jello Pudding Pop commercials?

But with such an impressive resume under his belt, isn’t Cosby ready for retirement? In an interview last year with the Denver Post, the Philadelphia native said, "Today at age 76 I could very wonderfully not be talking to you but sitting somewhere in Philadelphia retired from teaching. But like any person in the arts, the only thing that stops you from performing is that you can't really perform. And by that I mean if you mentally say, 'I've had enough.' But when I get a funny thought I begin to smile and immediately I begin to think it out and write it down, and as this happens I can't wait to give it to an audience."

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