All-New Bill Cosby Comedy Series Heading to NBC for 2015
At the summer TV Critics' Tour, NBC execs revealed that a new series starring comedian Bill Cosby is in the works and could debut on the Peacock network as early as next summer. The 77-year-old comic is best known as patriarch Cliff Huxtable in the long-running NBC series 'The Cosby Show,' which aired for eight seasons in the 1980's.
Described as a "classic, extended-family sitcom" featuring Cosby as the head of the household, the show is currently in the writing stage, according to The Sacremento Bee.
Unlike the network's failed 'Michael J. Fox' show last season, the new Cosby project will use multi-cameras and be filmed in front of a studio audience. NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said the network is trying to bring back this classic "multi" form, which was first utilized during the earliest days of network television.
"There's been a generation of writers and producers who have gone away from multi-cam, and we are trying to revitalize (that form)," Greenblatt said. "There was such cachet with '30 Rock' and 'The Office,' which reinforced single-camera as the 'better' form, and I hope we can balance the scales a little."