Bill Cosby is back on TV -- at least for one night in prime time. Bill Cosby will receive the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence on NBC’s American Comedy Awards.
Who better than Cosby to receive the award too. He has spent decades entertaining crowds with his comedy shows -- had two long running series on NBC and CBS. The Cosby Show aired for 7-years while his next show Cosby ran from 1996-2000.
The actor also had time to talk over the phone to local KTVB channel 7 news about his alumnus with the Boys & Girls Club. He has promoted the club for years to help give back to the community. Boys & Girls Club is valuable to the community in helping youth learn responsibility ranging from teamwork to interest in academics.
"They need guidance. They need help. Especially from people who are grown and sane and want to help keep them out of harm's way," said Cosby of children who use the Boys & Girls Club.
His return to a more permanent role in TV hasn't been confirmed as of yet -- but Cosby said he has been in talks with NBC about a possible script. E! news confirmed earlier this year that he had signed a contract with NBC to star in an unnammed show. The writers for the show haven't been announced as of yet -- and the pilot still needs to be made.
Cosby partnered with veteran producer Tom Werner for the new NBC project, Deadline reports. Werner was one of two producers for The Cosby Show and the CBS show Cosby during their run on TV.
During an interview with Yahoo back in November, Cosby was enthusiastic about his return to the small screen -- adding he wanted to make sure the show got off on the right foot for viewers to enjoy before the project became a done deal.
"I want to be able to deliver a wonderful show to [a] network," said Cosby. "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 Cosby, 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."
Netflix is now in the Bill Cosby business. The streaming giant just secured new comedy specials from the avuncular comic along with younger performers including Jim Jefferies, Bill Burr and Chelsea Peretti, Variety reports. The Cosby special, “Bill Cosby 77,” was taped at the SF Jazz Center in San Francisco on the actor-comedian’s 77th birthday on July 12. Directed by Robert Townsend, the concert ... Source: Big Government
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Earlier this year, Netflix pulled a bit of a coup when it landed Chelsea Handler and promised that—in the distant future that is 2016—she’d adapt her skills as a late-night host to a show built for the streaming service. In advance of that, Netflix announced that Handler would bring an hour-long special to the network this October, based on her travel book Uganda Be Kidding Me. And now Netflix has ann ... Source: The A.V. Club
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