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Bill Cosby Developing Both a New Sitcom and a Reboot of "Fat Albert"

November 13, 2013  |  9:15am
Bill Cosby Developing Both a New Sitcom and a Reboot of "Fat Albert"

Bill Cosby’s first stand-up special in 30 years, Bill Cosby: Far From Finished, premieres Sunday on Comedy Central, and now that the creative wheels are once again turning, the 76-year-old comedy icon doesn’t want to stop. Cosby recently told Yahoo! TV that he’s working on developing both a new family sitcom and an animated reboot of “Fat Albert.”

“I want to be able to deliver a wonderful show to [a] network,” Cosby said of the potential sitcom. “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 show would not, however, be a re-make of The Cosby Show, although Cosby didn’t offer any further details other than that it would be family-oriented and something “that the children sit with the parents and watch, but it’s not like little children sitting around, it’s like a 28-year-old with the mother, a 28-year-old son taking his father somewhere.”

I’m not sure if that means anything to anyone but Cosby, but good to know.

As for a new “Fat Albert”? Cosby has already partnered writer and producer Tom Straw to reboot the classic animated series that was based on stories from Cosby’s childhood in Philadelphia. Like the version that ran from 1972-1985, the millennial edition would also be entirely animated, according to Cosby. “It’s got to be animated, every bit of it,” he said. “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,’”

Cosby stressed that the “Fat Albert” reboot and the sitcom, which he is developing with Tom Werner are two separate projects. One way or another, though, Bill Cosby is back.

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