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A new Cosby show still on NBC's radar

NBC hasn't forgotten about that show it has in development with Philly's Bill Cosby -- though we probably won't see it before the end of the coming season.

A new Cosby show still on NBC's radar

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Comedian Bill Cosby attends 2014 American Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 26, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Comedian Bill Cosby attends 2014 American Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) Getty Images

NBC hasn't forgotten about that show it has in development with Philly's Bill Cosby -- though we probably won't see it before the end of the coming season.

"It's still being written...could be next summer," NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters Sunday during a session at the Television Critics Association's summer meetings. The show's also a possibility for  the fall of 2015, he added.

The sitcom, which the iconic former NBC star is developing with actor/writer/producer Mike O'Malley -- who may also have an onscreen role as one of the sons-in-law of Cosby's character -- is envisioned as a multigenerational sitcom in which the comedian would play the father of three grown daughters and would be "dispensing wisdom."

There's as yet no series commitment, though "we have a big commitment to Bill himself," in the form of a talent deal, Greenblatt said.

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Cosby turned 77 on Saturday, but Greenblatt doesn't seem concerned, noting that he was just back from celebrating his own mother's 80th birthday (not that she has a show on NBC -- yet -- "but she could do a TV show or sitcom").

The outspoken comedian is a more controversial figure in some circles than he was back in the 1980s, when he helped bring the network to No. 1. And bringing back the also very popular Michael J. Fox in a new sitcom last season didn't work out as Greenblatt had hoped.

Is Greenblatt assuming that viewers will once again flock to a Cosby show on NBC?

"I don't assume anything. All I try to do is put on show that I think are good, with extraordinary talent. And I think he's extraordinary. And I think the show will be good."

 

 

 

 

 

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