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Hey, Hey, Hey! Bill Cosby Working on 'Fat Albert' Reboot and New Family Sitcom

by Jai Tiggett
November 11, 2013 1:14 PM
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Bill Cosby

Audiences nostalgic for Bill Cosby's brand of family-friendly programming may have reason to celebrate. In a recent interview with Yahoo TV, Cosby shared plans to revive his long-running animated series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids with writer/producer Tom Straw (Cosby, Nurse Jackie).

The half-hour show would feature the same animated format and live-action wraparounds featuring Cosby as the original series, which ran from 1972-1985. According to Cosby, "It's got to be animated, every bit of it. Maybe except for yours truly saying, 'I told you this is going to be funny, and if you pay attention, you just might learn something.'"

The last iteration of the show was 2004's live action Fat Albert movie starring Kenan Thompson.

The Cos has also teamed with The Cosby Show producer Tom Werner to develop a new family-friendly sitcom, which he says audiences have been craving. 

Said Cosby, the show "would [satisfy] the people who have come to me in public places and said, 'Can't you put something on that I can watch?' 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."

This new sitcom, however, will not be a remake of The Cosby Show, but a new concept aimed at generating conversation between parents and older children. 

"It's like a 28-year-old with the mother, a 28-year-old son taking his father somewhere … I'm talking about how viewers would be able to sit and share and then, using your mouth" — instead of phones, or email, or social media — "to talk to each other."

So apparently, Cosby is hard at work developing the kind of family-centered programming that many of you have been calling for, emphasizing that it will have "the Cosby feel and respect for the audience." Excited?

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  • cartman | November 11, 2013 9:35 PMReply

    Yes! Light skin vs Dark Skin. Race warrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

  • kid video | November 12, 2013 4:41 AM

    G Phi

  • Girl, wut? | November 11, 2013 3:49 PMReply

    @Troy Claire Huxtable, Vanessa Huxtable, Jaleesa Vincent, Kimberly Reece = not light-skinned. What are you even talking about?

  • Troy | November 11, 2013 3:06 PMReply

    Will the no Hollywood reboot crowd picket this as well. My parents went to college in the 60s, their siblings the 70s and 80s. So how did different world get a entire generation to go to college. Oh the first of their family generation crowd who were enticed by the idealized depiction of college that doesn't end in crippling debt. Yea that show was great. It taught the Dwayne Wayne's of the world that they too could get the light skin women. How does Bill Cosby really feel about his on camera female counterparts and why were they all light skinned.

  • krog12 | November 12, 2013 10:10 AM

    Is this @ troy or Kanye West? because you sound like a jack***.

  • John | November 11, 2013 1:44 PMReply

    Just reboot A Different World. With a new class and tackle some issues of the new generation. That show elicited a entire generation to go to college, lets see that again !

  • John | November 11, 2013 1:43 PMReply

    Just reboot A Different World. With a new class and tackle some issues of the new generation. That show elicited a entire generation to go to college, lets see that again !

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