Bill Cosby plans to bring family values back to TV, signs with NBC for new sitcom
He brought the importance of family to prime-time TV once, and he's set on doing it once more.
Bill Cosby sparked life into the comedy lineup on NBC back in 1984 with "The Cosby Show," a sitcom that featured family values. This week, the 76-year-old comedian made a deal with NBC for a new half-hour family comedy, once again starring Cosby.
Although the announcement was just made, Cosby shared his hopes for the new sitcom with Yahoo! TV back in November.
"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," Cosby told Yahoo! TV.
"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."
Cosby, who is well-known for his clean comedy, expressed the need for a program on prime time that not only is centered around the family but is appropriate, explaining that the show "would [satisfy] the people who have come to me in public places and said, 'Can't you put something on that I can watch?’ ”
Deadline broke the news, stating that the show will feature Cosby as the patriarch of a multi-generational family and highlight his thoughts on parenting and marriage.
While Cosby has partnered with producer Tom Werner, who previously produced "The Cosby Show," it has been clear that the new sitcom will not be a remake of the old classic but simply contain the same values.
Since the announcement, there has been no information released on the date or title of the show.
This past November, Cosby also participated in his first TV standup in 30 years on Comedy Central's "Far From Finished," and in 2009, Cosby received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. CNN reported that the clean comic had refused to participate in the event previously because of the language that had been used in the first awards ceremony in 1998, and he agreed to participate only after making it clear that the language would be appropriate.
At the ceremony, fellow comedian Sinbad spoke about what he has learned from Cosby.
"[Bill] Cosby showed me that a person could be clean and make money and be effective," Sinbad said.
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