Bill Cosby’s Far From Finished comedy tour is probably a line that could apply to his plans for a return to sitcom TV. After all, the good doctor is in his 70’s at this point.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Cosby had some harsh words for black fathers and what he calls “no-groes.”
Plans for a Cosby return to television have apparently been long discussed and he’s been making it clear from the start that he isn’t out to make another Family Guy:
“I want to be able to deliver a wonderful show to [a] network. 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.”
The currently untitled project will be produced by Tom Werner, who also headed up The Cosby Show. NBC plans on making Bill Cosby the head of a multi-generational family and will focus on his beliefs on marriage and parenting:
“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.”
There’s also reports that Cosby has been working with writer-producer Tom Straw on a reboot of his animated series Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids.
But is having yet another Bill Cosby sitcom TV show even a good idea in the first place? NBC has already admitted they’re having problems with the ratings of their sitcoms. Giving Michael J. Fox is own show was like a blast from the past but its ratings haven’t been doing so hot.
While The Cosby Show was good and holds up to modern sitcom standards very well, the CBS followup Cosby was generally considered to be only okay. The new show needs to have something that brings in an audience other than counting on nostalgia. Besides creating new memorable characters, Bill Cosby’s opinions on the modern black family have often electrified the headlines. If he’s given the freedom by NBC to make a statement like he did with the comments about “no-groes” than I can easily see some people checking out the show to see what modern travesty is being blasted next.
Do you agree that Bill Cosby is “far from finished” with sitcom comedy or do you think his ideas may not be enough to make you watch?