Bill Cosby Set to Return to NBC After Nearly a Decade

By January 23, 2014

The Cosby Show

In a time where pudding pops and gelatin reigned supreme, there was one man who made us laugh for a good decade. His name? Dr. William H. Cosby Jr. In the 1970s and 80s, Bill Cosby was a comedic and family icon. From his early stand-up days, to creating Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, to teaching kids to draw with PicturePages, to his not-so-stellar film career (but let’s be honest, who doesn’t love Leonard Part 6 or Ghost Dad?). Eventually, it all led to “The Cosby Show,” possibly the most iconic family sitcom on television, which ran on NBC from 1984-1992.

In the mid to late 90s, CBS attempted to resurrect the Cosby Show with “Cosby,” but it didn’t last too long. Today, it seems, with the whole “what’s old is new” gimmick in Hollywood, and the fact that “The Michael J. Fox Show” exists, NBC is planning on resurrecting another 80s favorite in Bill Cosby.

Comedian Bill Cosby performs onstage dur

The new Cosby show is being developed by Cosby and Tom Werner (producer of the original Cosby Show). It seems the legendary comic has been working on a number of reboots, with “Fat Albert” among them. In an interview with Yahoo TV, Cosby stated that he has a goal to reach a wide audience and that “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.” I can definitely see a new, younger audience falling in love with the iconic Bill Cosby.

With stuff from the 1980s in/closing in on a good 30 years of existence (myself included), it’s rather amazing how classic stuff I remember from childhood is making a resurgence to a whole new generation. Who knows what else is going to make a comeback in the near future? Until then, I suggest you pull out your gaudy sweaters and your jello pudding pops and get ready for more Coz.

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New York-based John J. is the creator/Chief Operating Officer of [adult swim] central as well as the co-founder of ACPN. He is also the host of The Swimcast, co-host of Adventure Club Podcast, and writes for various outlets such as The Other View and GeekNation. John J's favorite movie of all time is Back to the Future and his favorite color is blue. John J. is available for podcast fill-ins, birthdays, and bar mitzvahs. Never submerge John J. in warm water. Email.
  • Muther

    I think his timI think his time has passed. So no surprise he winds up on NBC.e has passed. So no surprise he winds up on NBC.

  • Coulsomest

    I love Cosby, but he’s physically and mentally not in great shape and I fear he will embarrass himself under the rigors of a weekly show.

  • sarahevanston

    I had heard that it was going to be a variety show and I was really disappointed. Now that I know it’s going to be a sitcom, I am excited to see the show.

  • JerinMK

    Dr. William H. Cosby Jr. is great and I`m sure he is going to be remembered once again. We will get another great TV person in our generation.