Bill Cosby says he’s trying to develop the kind of sitcom that fans of “The Cosby Show” miss — a family comedy about “warmth and forgiveness.”
Cosby — who’s first standup special, “Far From Finished,” will air on Comedy Central Nov. 23 — told Yahoo TV he’s working with “Cosby Show” executive producer Tom Werner on a new series. It was unclear whether he would star.
“I want to be able to deliver a wonderful show to [a] network,” said Cosby, 76. “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’s publicist did not immediately respond to a request for more details about the show, which would mark the return of one of TV’s most beloved figures. In recent years, Cosby has been better known for his blunt critiques of the younger generation than for his comedy.
But it’s hard to overstate his importance as an entertainment icon. He’s widely considered among the best standups of all time, helped redefine TV’s portrayals of American-Americans with “The Cosby Show,” and won three consecutive Emmys for “I Spy.”