Bill Cosby Show Reboot To Be Family Comedy With Love, Respect

Monday, 11 Nov 2013 09:26 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Bill Cosby, whose portrayal of Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" set the tone for TV fathers everywhere, is developing a family comedy series reboot he hopes will make as big an impact as his 1980s sitcom.

"I want to be able to deliver a wonderful show to [a] network," Cosby, 76, told Yahoo! TV of the new project he's working on with former "Cosby Show" executive producer Tom Werner. "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."

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Cosby is also working on a "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" reboot, which would be modeled after his popular 1970s animated series.

"I want some network to say to us, 'Alright, we're going to give you the money to do one show,' just to lay it out… I just want one shot, because I know that what I am envisioning… they've never seen anything like this on TV. The laughter, the stories," he said.

"And this has nothing to do with what Tom Werner and I are doing. This is separate. I just want two things: I want a shot for Fat Albert, half-hour, because I've got the story. And [for] the other show, Tom Werner and I will work it so that this thing has the Cosby feel and the respect for the audience."

Cosby will also appear in his first televised concert special in 30 years, "Bill Cosby: Far From Finished," Nov. 23 on Comedy Central.

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