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Bill Cosby to create new family sitcom

NEW SHOW: Bill Cosby

BILL COSBY is to create a new family sitcom for NBC, the same network that aired his popular series The Cosby Show almost 30 years ago.

The veteran actor has signed a deal to develop and star in a new half-hour sitcom, Deadline Hollywood reports.

The 76-year-old, who played family patriarch Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show, will again play the head of a multi-generational family in the show set to be produced by Tom Werner, whose company produced the 1980s hit, according to AP.

Cosby told Yahoo TV in November that he wanted to develop another family comedy that "would [satisfy] the people who have come to me in public places and said, 'Can't you put something on that I can watch?'"

HOW THEY WERE: The cast of The Cosby Show

The Cosby Show launched in September 1984 and ran for eight seasons. It focused on obstetrician Cliff Huxtable and his upper middle-class African American family living in Brooklyn, New York.

This new project is thought to be in the early stages and an NBC spokesman told AP on Wednesday that, as yet, there isn't a series order or a deal to produce a pilot episode.

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