At the end of 2013 word got around that Bill Cosby was into the idea of developing a new TV show, which would mean the iconic comedian (and one of the best TV dads ever) would return to television after nearly 20 years.
Now that’s one step closer to a return to TV. Cosby is teaming with former Cosby Show producer Tom Werner for a new family comedy in which he’d star. The sitcom would center around Cosby, as the patriarch of a multi-generational family for a “classic, big, extended family sitcom.” Cosby has a talent deal with NBC and will star as the family patriarch and father to three married daughters with children. NBC’s Bob Greenblatt stated the project is a script commitment and if all goes as planned it will be on the air by summer or fall 2015.
NBC executives announced these details at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour and added that Mike Sikowitz (Rules of Engagement) and Mike O’Malley (Glee, Shameless) will produce the sitcom for Sony Pictures Television. NBC hopes O’Malley would also have a co-starring role the show as well. A search is underway for writers and it’s being eyed for development outside of the traditional pilot season window.
As we know, NBC has struggled with its sitcoms lately, and the landscape has changed since The Cosby Show first hit the air. In fact, the network canceled all 3 of the new shows it launched this season, including one that brought Michael J. Fox back in an attempt to help its ailing Thursday night lineup. However, bringing back Cosby, one of greatest TV dads on on of the greatest sitcoms of all time could potentially be the kickstart NBC needs.