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Bill Cosby Given Sitcom in NBC Bid to Just Go Back to 1986


NBC just abandoned their recent attempt at a Murder, She Wrote reboot, but that doesn't mean the network has given up on propping up near-corpses. According to Deadline, the network is hoping to recreate the glory of their past in the most literal way possible: by giving Bill Cosby another family sitcom. Because who better to freshen up their comedy lineup than a 76-year-old?

The show will reportedly "channel his take on marriage and parenting"--much like his '80s series, the CBS follow-up, and Ghost Dad--and he'll star as the patriarch of a multi-generational family. Also like The Cosby Show, Cosby will be teaming with producer Tom Werner for his grand, Life with Lucy-like return to television.

Other details aren't yet available, though late last year Cosby apparently described his hopes for such a project late last year, saying he'd "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." Regrettably, it seems he will not be continuing down his experimental comedy path of absurdist monologues.

Should the series not work out, well, then Betty White is just going to get some roommates again.

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