We live in an era where authentic sitcoms seem to be a thing of the past, but could the genre be revived from the father of all family comedies? Bill Cosby has made a deal with NBC to develop a half-hour comedy starring the actor, reports Deadline.
Bill Cosby was a huge figure in the 70s and 80s for adolescents. Every Saturday morning on the animated series, "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," also known as, "The Adventures of Fat Albert," youngsters were welcomed by Cosby's larger than life presence who hosted and lent his voice to a number of characters, including Fat Albert himself.
Cosby had a way with children, when he spoke they listened. Prior to the Saturday cartoon, "Fat Albert," he appeared on the children's television series, "The Electric Company," from 1971 to 1973 teaching reading skills to young kids.
When "The Cosby Show" premiered in September 1984, Bill Cosby carried his magical skills at capturing the attention of kids and families everywhere. Cosby played Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, a warm and loving father and husband, who just happened to be hilarious. Cliff Huxtable was the Mike Brady for the 80s, but in lieu of the corny lectures Mr. Brady would deliver on "The Brady Bunch," Mr. Huxtable would incorporate the right amount of comedic tone into his parenting which often included the entire family acting out bits to convey the lesson.
The new comedy will be built around America's favorite dad, and now granddad, doing what he does best, offering his insight on marriage and parenthood. Cosby will be re-teaming with producer Tom Werner, whose company with Marcy Carsey produced "The Cosby Show." In addition to the series, Cosby is in the works to return the animated cartoon, "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," with writer-producer Tom Straw.
Cosby is currently touring with his latest stand-up comedy show titled, "Far From Finished," which premiered on Comedy Central on Nov.23 and features classic Cosby and his perspective on family life. This was the comedian's first special in 30 years, his last stand-up comedy film in 1983, "Bill Cosby: Himself," is an outstanding and timeless performance that is the essence of the funny family man.
It would be nice for a new generation to know Cosby - they should know Cosby, but NBC has not committed to making a pilot episode yet, stay tuned!