If you grew up in the ‘80s, there’s a good chance you watched The Cosby Show. It was a cultural phenomenon and a ratings juggernaut for NBC for most of its eight-year run. The Cosby Show made for Must-See-TV for millions of households for the better part of a decade by providing reliably family-friendly entertainment that was fun to watch. That’s why we are encouraged to learn that Bill Cosby is teaming up with NBC to create a family friendly comedy for a new generation.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Bill Cosby is teaming with his old Cosby Show producer Tom Werner to produce a new comedy series centered on Cosby as the patriarch of a multi-generational family.
In a recent interview for Yahoo TV, Cosby hinted at a possible return to television:
“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.”
Cosby understands what America has been missing, so his desire to fill the void is an encouraging and welcome development. We wish him success, and hope others will follow his lead.