Without the work of Bill Cosby there wouldn’t be NBC. The success of “The Cosby Show” in the 1980s not only stamped the network as the home for quality comedy, but also kicked off the era of “Must See TV”. Now NBC and Mr. Cosby are trying to get lightening to strike twice as both parties have agreed to launch a brand new family comedy staring Cosby. Here’s Deadline.com reporting on the big news at the peacock network.
The network has made a deal for a half-hour family comedy to star Cosby. As he did in the ’80s, Cosby has partnered with producer Tom Werner, whose company with Marcy Carsey produced Cosby Show. The new comedy will be built around Cosby, who will play the patriarch of a multi-generational family and, like the comedian’s previous family sitcoms – Cosby Show and Cosby on CBS — will channel his take on marriage and parenting.
There should be some concerns about whether or not the TV audience is still hungry for programming like the “Cosby Show”. Family comedies have evolved quite a bit since then. Check out the plots in “Modern Family” for an idea of how far we’ve come since Theo had life explained to him through Monopoly money.
The show has a great frame around it with Carsey and Werner returning, and they will get quality scripts made. The real question is whether the audience that worshiped at the Cosby altar in the 80s is still there. NBC already had small success with the “Michael J. Fox Show”, but with Cosby attached the pressure for viewers will be even greater. Bet on the show being a hit, but not without some growing pains.