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Bill Cosby developing new sitcom; unclear if he'll star

Bill Cosby performs at The New York Comedy

Bill Cosby performs at The New York Comedy Festival And The Bob Woodruff Foundation Presents The 7th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. (Nov. 6, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

Bill Cosby told Yahoo TV late last week that he's developing a new family situation comedy with one of his former partners on "The Cosby Show" -- Tom Werner. This was left unsaid however: whether he'll actually star, though based on the description he provided to the website, that appears unlikely.

Cos -- talking about his Nov. 23 comedy special for Comedy Central, a first in many years -- told Yahoo:

"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. 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 ['The Cosby Show'] 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."

I'm sure I don't have to inform readers that "The Cosby Show" -- '84-92 -- was one of the most successful TV comedies in history, responsible for the revival of the moribund sitcom in the mid-'80s and for the revival of the even more moribund NBC . . . (do I?).

What's especially intriguing here -- besides the re-entry of Cosby -- is Tom Werner, who really hasn't had all that much to do with TV in years. He's chairman of the Boston Red Sox and as such, one of the sports world's power figures (although he has accrued a vast fortune from the syndication rights of "Cosby," which when sold some years ago, set a benchmark for TV per-episode syndication rights, since surpassed -- I believe -- by "Friends" and "Seinfeld").

And let's not forget Cos's late '90s series for CBS -- a moderate success for the network.

Also of significant interest: He told the website he's looking for a revival of "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids." 

Tags: Bill Cosby , The Cosby Show , Cosby , Cos , Newsday , Tom Werner

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