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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Bill Cosby Is Starring in a New Family Sitcom for NBC

Bill Cosby is coming back to television and to the network that aired his most popular show. THR reports that Cosby has signed on to star in a new family sitcom for NBC. The untitled series will focus on Cosby as the head of a multigenerational family, exploring Cosby's views on marriage and parenting. Cosby has teamed with Tom Werner, who produced The Cosby Show with him for the network, to work on the project, and they're currently searching for writers for it.

Back in November, Cosby told Yahoo! TV that he was working on a family sitcom that "would [satisfy] the people who have come to me in public places and said, 'Can't you put something on that I can watch?'"

Here's Cosby talking more about his hopes and plans for the show:

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 …

[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 [instead of with phones or computers] to talk to each other … Tom Werner and I will work it so that this thing has the Cosby feel and the respect for the audience.