Bill Cosby Developing New Family Comedy
by Sadie Gennis
Nostalgia is all the rage these days, so it comes as no surprise that Bill Cosby is hoping to return to prime time.
The comedian told Yahoo TV that he’s re-teamed with one of The Cosby Show producers Tom Werner to develop a family comedy that “would [satisfy] the people who have come to me in public places and said, ‘Can’t you put something on that I can watch?'”
Cosby insists the new series wouldn’t be a remake of The Cosby Show, but instead would feature older children and their relationships with their parents.
“I want to be able to deliver a wonderful show to [a] network,” said Cosby. “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 is also working a reboot of his animated series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids with writer and producer Tom Straw on developing the project. “It’s got to be animated, every bit of it. Maybe except for yours truly saying, ‘I told you this is going to be funny, and if you pay attention, you just might learn something,'” Cosby said, quoting the line he used to introduce episodes of the original series.
“I want some network to say to us, ‘All right, we’re going to give you the money to do one show,’ just to lay it out … I just want one shot, because I know that what I am envisioning … they’ve never seen anything like this on TV. The laughter, the stories,” said Cosby.
“I just want two things: I want a shot for Fat Albert, half-hour, because I’ve got the story. And [for] the other show, Tom Werner and I will work it so that this thing has the Cosby feel and the respect for the audience.”