Sunday, 13 July 2014

NBC developing a new 'Cosby Show'

By Gregory Robinson

NBC has officially confirmed that a new multi-generational comedy series, set to star sitcom legend Bill Cosby, is in development.

The multi-camera family comedy will see a fictionalised Bill Cosby and his three daughters in a large extended family; with husbands, kids and in-laws in a classic, throwback sitcom.

The show is currently being written by Mike Sikowitz and Mike O'Malley, who recently teamed up for the now cancelled NBC single-camera family comedy 'Welcome to the Family' which was cancelled after three episodes.

Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC said "we want to move forward and see diverse groups of people in front and behind the camera. We are proud of our record so far"

NBC's record also consists of two sitcoms which were also fronted by primetime comedy legends - 'The Michael J. Fox Show' starring, you guessed it, Michael J. Fox (Family Ties, Spin City) and 'Sean Saves the World' starting Sean Hayes (Will & Grace, Smash). 

Greenblatt also put emphasis on the possibility of having an African-American family on their primetime schedule, something which has been absent in recent years with the last successful African-Ametican family sitcom being the UPN/CW hit 'Everybody Hates Chris' which ended in 2009.

"We're trying to get more people into the system, which is the hardest part" said Greenblatt. 

Bill Cosby starred in the iconic CBS comedy 'The Cosby Show' which focused on the Huxtable family, an upper- class African-American family living in New York. 

The 'new' Cosby Show does not have a premiere date, although, the show is expected to premiere next Summer or during the Autumn/Fall.

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