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Bill Cosby to develop family comedy for NBC

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If the smart-mouthed young comedians or the hot, twenty-something actors can’t goose the ratings, maybe its time to turn to TV’s elders! NBC is calling upon Bill Cosby to develop a family comedy that addresses parenting and marriage.

Deadline reports that Cosby, who headlined The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992 for NBC, will team with his old producing partner Tom Werner to create a multi-generational sitcom. It will be developed around the 76-year-old TV star, who also starred in Cosby for CBS from 1996 to 2000.

Werner and his old producing partner Marcy Carsey was responsible for some of the most successful TV comedies, which include Roseanne, That ’70s Show, Cybill, and 3rd Rock from the Sun. Despite a whole new generation of exciting sitcom stars like Jim Parsons, Melissa McCarthy, and Zooey Deschanel, older, more experienced comedy stars can still attract the eyeballs (see: Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Veep, Robin Williams on The Crazy Ones, and Patricia Heaton on The Middle).

For every hit, however, there have been notable misses. The Michael J. Fox Show and Sean Saves the World with Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes have failed to gain traction.