Bill Cosby, America’s favorite TV dad, will be returning to the airwaves this fall. Continuing his long-standing relationship with NBC, a deal was inked with Cosby for a half hour comedy show. The move promises to be successful because former “Cosby” show producers, Tom Werner and Marsey Carsey, are partners in the project.
The comedian will play the patriarch of a multigenerational family.
The show brings the 76-year-old comedian back to the same network where his groundbreaking 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show” had an eight-year run.
Cosby will be in familiar territory with the planned TV show. He will play the older father of a black family that has grown over the years, promising to give insight on current family issues. Like the “Cosby Show” and “Cosby” which aired -80s, the family-themed show will be written to appeal to a broad audience in the current climate of America. In addition to the return to the sitcom world, Cosby will be bringing back the cartoon series “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.”
Cosby’s career is in its fifth decade. He started out performing stand-up comedy in small clubs in Greenwich Village in New York. He eventually landed a pivotal co-starring role in the 1960s television series “I Spy,” where he was the first-ever African-American lead in a weekly dramatic series.
He won three best actor Emmy Awards for the role of undercover CIA Agent Alexander Scott.
Cosby received Kennedy Center Honors in 1998 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. He most recently received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which is awarded to performers who use comedy to influence American society.