It’s official. Bill Cosby, the iconic comedian who revolutionized the family sitcom with The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1994, is returning to television. Late last year he revealed he was working on multiple new projects. And one of those projects is happening at his former network, NBC.
“The network has made a deal for a half-hour family comedy to star Cosby,” reports Deadline. “As he did in the ’80s, Cosby has partnered with producer Tom Werner, whose company with Marcy Carsey produced Cosby Show. The new comedy will be built around Cosby, who will play the patriarch of a multi-generational family and…will channel his take on marriage and parenting.”
This news comes on the heels of his tellingly titled special Far From Finished, his first in 30 years. It also comes at a time when NBC continues to struggle with ratings in the world of comedy. Last year, the network premiered The Michael J. Fox Show, starring yet another former NBC sitcom star; Family Ties aired on the network from 1982-1989. Despite Fox’s universal appeal and past television success, however, the show’s future is uncertain due to terrible ratings. “It’s not anywhere near where we’d like it to be,” NBC head Bob Greenblatt said recently.