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Bill Cosby Filed for New Fat Albert and 'Hey Hey Hey' Trademarks Before Sexual Assault Trial

  • TMZ
Bill Cosby could still find himself locked up for the rest of his life ... but that's not going to stop him from making bank on the show that helped his rise to fame. The comedian and creator of "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" filed paperwork in May -- about a month before his sexual assault trial began -- to renew the rights to the title of his animated series ... and the terms "Fat Albert" and "Hey hey hey" specifically.
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Bill Cosby Thanks the Jury and His Supporters as His Sex Assault Trial Remains Deadlocked

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Bill Cosby Thanks the Jury and His Supporters as His Sex Assault Trial Remains Deadlocked
Bill Cosby seemed in good spirits Friday night as he left the courthouse where his sex assault trial remained deadlocked.

Cosby, who faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault in connection with allegations brought by Andrea Constand, addressed people gathered outside and wished them a happy early Father’s Day.

Breaking News!! Cosby speaks! Thanks supporters pic.twitter.com/mHrHnmefHW

— DeMarco Morgan (@DeMarcoReports) June 17, 2017

“Wishing all the fathers a Happy Father’s Day,” Cosby, 79, said in a Twitter video taken by a CBS News correspondent. “And I want to thank the jury for their long days and their honest work,
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Bill Cosby Keeps Doing ‘Hey Hey Hey!’ Catchphrase From ‘Fat Albert’ at Trial

  • The Wrap
Bill Cosby Keeps Doing ‘Hey Hey Hey!’ Catchphrase From ‘Fat Albert’ at Trial
Bill Cosby and his fans have been communicating in the Pennsylvania courthouse using the catchphrase from his show “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids”: “Hey hey hey!” It happened most recently on Friday as he left the courtroom in Norristown, Penn., where he faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The 79-year-old Cosby, holding the arm of a suit-clad aide, exited the courthouse to a sea of cameras and reporters. In the midst were a group of local fans. “We love you 100 percent!” two women yelled. With a smile, Cosby turned his head toward the group, raised his cane and replied,
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TV Review: ‘Cosby: The Women Speak’

TV Review: ‘Cosby: The Women Speak’
Anyone who has followed the Bill Cosby sexual-assault allegations must feel as if there’s not much more to learn, amid a steady drip of women who have come forward, culminating with the 35 featured in New York magazine. Still, it’s bracing to see the accusers — more than a dozen of them — calmly tell their stories on camera, as they do in the A&E special “Cosby: The Women Speak.” The one-hour production slowly builds a compelling case, as the women lay out details of what they say happened, without being flanked by attorney Gloria Allred or a bank of microphones.

Cosby’s defenders (seemingly a dwindling contingent) have often suggested that this is a money grab, directed at one of the world’s wealthiest entertainers. But that argument feels weakened by the weight of actually seeing so many women explain not only how they were victimized but why
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Bill Cosby Scandal: Fans Feel Sadness, Not Sympathy

Bill Cosby Scandal: Fans Feel Sadness, Not Sympathy
As sexual-assault allegations regarding Bill Cosby have snowballed, admirers of his work have doubtless experienced hard-to-identify emotions. While those determined to defend the star at any cost appear increasingly foolish and tone-deaf, there should be room for sadness for those who grew up with Cosby now having those memories irrevocably tainted. That feeling of lost nostalgia has nothing to do with empathy for or sympathy toward the architect of all this seemingly horrid behavior.

Cosby is hardly the first public figure whose private behavior has cast clouds over his persona and career; indeed, he’s merely the latest celebrity to reveal the perils of blind hero worship. Still, even compared with, say, the many athletes accused of crimes and misdemeanors during or after their playing days, Cosby represents an unusually uncomfortable situation, thanks in part to the fact his standup act was moored in exaggerated recollections of childhood.

In those early Cosby routines,
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Former ‘Simpsons’ and ‘Taxi’ showrunner Sam Simon has passed away at 59

  • SoundOnSight
Prolific television writer and producer Sam Simon has passed away, Deadline is reporting. Simon succumbed to the colorectal cancer that he had been fighting since 2012. He was 59.

Simon began his career in television working on animated features such as Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids as a storyboard artist. Having an interest in writing as well, Simon submitted a spec script for the television show Taxi, which subsequently led to the hiring of him as a writer and eventual showrunner for the series’ final season, where he first worked with James L. Brooks.

His path through television led him to the writing rooms of other luminary TV shows such as Cheers, Barney Miller, and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, ultimately leading him to be a writer and producer on The Tracey Ullman Show, where he once again worked with Brooks.

Simon, Brooks, and Matt Groening eventually worked together to make The Simpsons,
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Sam Simon, Co-Creator of ‘The Simpsons,’ Dies at 59

Sam Simon, Co-Creator of ‘The Simpsons,’ Dies at 59
Nine-time Emmy winner Sam Simon, who wrote episodes of “Taxi,” “Cheers” and “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” before co-creating landmark animated series “The Simpsons” and eventually becoming a philanthropist, died Sunday of colorectal cancer at his home in Los Angeles, his reps confirmed. He was 59 and was diagnosed with terminal cancer in late 2012.

“Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean also confirmed the news with a tweet on Monday.

Simon shared seven Emmy Awards for “The Simpsons” and two for his work on “The Tracey Ullman Show.”

In 1989 he developed “The Simpsons” with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, and he subsequently co-wrote nearly a dozen “Simpsons” episodes during his tenure on the animated comedy, also serving as co-showrunner, character designer, creative consultant, creative supervisor, developer, and writer. He left the show in 1993 while retaining an exec producer title.

The animated sitcom, he said, gave him more freedom than live action. “You
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Bill Cosby Channels Fat Albert While Ignoring Sexual Assault Claims (Video)

  • The Wrap
Bill Cosby Channels Fat Albert While Ignoring Sexual Assault Claims (Video)
Bill Cosby channeled Fat Albert in a new video to let fans know, “Hey, hey, hey, I’m far from finished.” While Cosby was happy to reference the character he voiced for six seasons on the “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” animated TV series, the scandal-plagued comedian avoided addressing the multitude of sexual assault allegations that have been leveled against him. Also Read: Bill Cosby Accuser Pens Powerful Piece: %u2018I Didn%u2019t Want to Let Black America Down%u2019 In the clip, Cosby is seen on the phone saying, “And you know I’ll be hilarious; can’t wait.
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Bill Cosby's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Reportedly Vandalized

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Bill Cosby's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Reportedly Vandalized
Following multiple allegations of sexual assault and one lawsuit filed, Bill Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was reportedly been vandalized. (It has since been cleaned, People confirms.) In a viewer-submitted photo obtained by Houston's Fox 26, vandals have purportedly scrawled "rapist" all over Cosby's star on Hollywood Boulevard. Cosby earned the star in 1977 following the success of The Bill Cosby Show, and the educational cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids which ran from 1972 to 1985. This was before he would receive even further critical acclaim for The Cosby Show, which debuted in 1984. Three of Cosby's alleged victims have stepped forward,
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Bill Cosby's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Reportedly Vandalized

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Bill Cosby's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Reportedly Vandalized
Following multiple allegations of sexual assault and one lawsuit filed, Bill Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has reportedly been vandalized. In a viewer-submitted photo obtained by Houston's Fox 26, vandals have purportedly scrawled "rapist" all over Cosby's star on Hollywood Boulevard. Cosby earned the star in 1977 following the success of The Bill Cosby Show, and the educational cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids which ran from 1972 to 1985. This was before he would receive even further critical acclaim for The Cosby Show, which debuted in 1984. Three of Cosby's alleged victims have stepped forward, with the help of L.
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Bill Cosby's Longtime Producers: Sexual Assault Allegations Are 'Beyond Our Comprehension'

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Bill Cosby's Longtime Producers: Sexual Assault Allegations Are 'Beyond Our Comprehension'
The producing duo behind two of Bill Cosby's most successful sitcoms are speaking about the comedian, who continues to be dogged by accusations that he drugged and assaulted women early in his career. "The Bill we know was a brilliant and wonderful collaborator on a show that changed the landscape of television," Tom Werner and Marcy Carsey said in a statement Thursday. "These recent news reports are beyond our knowledge or comprehension." The Carsey-Werner Co. was one of the most prolific production companies in TV history - and owes a lot of its success to Cosby, whom the two
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Bill Cosby to Make TV Comeback in NBC Family Comedy - Will You Watch?

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Bill Cosby to Make TV Comeback in NBC Family Comedy - Will You Watch?
Bill Cosby is returning to TV in a new family comedy for NBC. The beloved star, who played sweater-clad Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show, has signed a deal to develop and star in a new half-hour sitcom that is being produced by Tom Werner, whose company produced the '80s hit, Deadline reports.The 76-year-old will play the head of a multi-generational family, and Cosby and Werner are reportedly in the process of meeting with writers for the project. It's been 14 years since his last TV series, Cosby, went off the air, but the actor-comedian told Yahoo TV in
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Bill Cosby Plans New Sitcom at NBC

More than 20 years after his groundbreaking series "The Cosby Show" went off the air, Bill Cosby is making plans to return to network television. Cosby will, according to Deadline , headline a new, currently untitled sitcom that will air on NBC. Details on the new series are few, but it is said to follow a multigenerational family. Cosby is working with Tom Werner to produce. Werner, an executive producer on "The Cosby Show," also executive produced the pilot for the comedian's later follow-up series "Cosby." The original article also notes that Cosby is working with writer Tom Straw to plan a potential reboot of the animated "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," which would also head to television in the near future. (Photo Credit: Hrc /...
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Amazon's Black Friday 2013 Blu-ray and DVD Deals: Saturday, November 30

The actual 2013 Black Friday is over, but the deals aren't as Amazon is continuing the deals up through Cyber Monday and today's new schedule of sale items includes one of the best deals yet, $200 off the Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection Blu-ray, which includes Skyfall, but that's not it. Beyond that we have deals on A Good Day to Die Hard. The Last Emperor (Criterion Collection), the Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Blu-ray Collection, Friday Night Lights and "Girls". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Bond! Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection with Skyfall Blu-ray ($99.99) Check Out These Deals Midnight in Paris Blu-ray ($6.49) Pacific Rim Blu-ray ($7.99) Epic Blu-ray ($9.96) Heat Blu-ray ($8.49) Man of Steel Blu-ray ($19.96) Moneyball Blu-ray ($3.99) 21 Jump Street Blu-ray
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Bill Cosby's Five Essential Life Lessons

Bill Cosby's Five Essential Life Lessons
Appearing on The Daily Show earlier this week, Bill Cosby gently took Jon Stewart to task for his liberal use of four-letter words at the Stand Up for Heroes event they'd both just entertained. "It wasn't cursing – it was Yiddish!" joked Stewart, who took his scolding in stride, clearly in awe of the elder comedian. In his later years, Cosby, 76, has cast himself as something of a national scold, as he did in his famously rambling "Pound Cake" speech to the NAACP (which prompted a book-length reply from the commentator Michael Eric Dyson,
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Bill Cosby's working on a new sitcom. What will it be like?

The veteran comedian says he's developing a new show with warmth, humour and no 'party attitude'. And we know from his YouTube appearances that he's still very funny

Age: Seventee-eeee … six.

Appearance: With the smiles and the twinkly face thing and the slightly heftier body and the no longer as much hair ...

What? This iii-iis. Myee. Bill Cosby impression. Now! There is a. Topical reeee-son. For me. To be doing the Bill Cosby impression.

I daresay. But is there a reason for you to do it all day? I think there is.

Oh no. Yes! Now! The reason for me to do-ooo the Bill Cosby impression is bec-o-oz he is developing a new sitcom programme for the television machine, you see?

Wow! You mean a return of the Cosby Show? I do not. However, there are a great deee-al of, what you call, similarities with the Cosby Show programme. With
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Hey, Hey, Hey! Bill Cosby Working on 'Fat Albert' Reboot and New Family Sitcom

  • ShadowAndAct
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...
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‘Hey, Hey, Hey’: Watch Fat Albert Do Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’

  • Vulture
‘Hey, Hey, Hey’: Watch Fat Albert Do Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’
We've got yet another "Blurred Lines" remix for you, this time with fewer kid instruments and more Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids characters. Who doesn't think of the portly cartoon jokester's boisterous catchphrase whenever the "hey, hey, hey" hook in Robin Thicke's pop hit arrives? Maybe we're going deaf, maybe we're going blind, maybe we're out of our mind, but we know you want Fat Albert and the junkyard gang jamming out to the song of the summer.
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DVD Review: Complete Set For ‘Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids’

Chicago – Bill Cosby’s “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” was more than mere Saturday morning cartoon. Maybe you didn’t realize it at the time but it was a show, looking back on it now, that really pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable subject matter in children’s entertainment. Most importantly, it didn’t treat its audience like kids, knowing that some were forced to grow up more quickly than the generation before them. It’s a great show to be given the complete series treatment and Shout Factory delivers.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

As Cosby himself (along with other key collaborators from the show’s history) details in the excellent “Hey, Hey, Hey…It’s the Story of Fat Albert,” this was no ordinary cartoon. It came from a true place — Cosby’s own childhood — and it came from people who refused to sugarcoat the increasing danger of life on
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Bill Cosby reveals the keys to good parenting on television

  • Pop2it
Bill Cosby will go down in history as being one of the best parents on television. "The Cosby Show's" Dr. Cliff Huxtable was created at a time that Cosby was very unhappy with the state of parenting on television, and he did his best to remedy that problem with his character.

"I based the series on two important things: Number one ... I hated those series where the children were brighter than the parents, and those parents had to play dumb," he tells ABC News, via Yahoo News. "Number two was that I wanted to 'take the house back.'"

Compared to similar TV dads of the time like Homer Simpson and Al Bundy, Huxtable was a breath of fresh air. But beyond just changing up the TV landscape, Cosby felt a strong parent on television set a good example for children at home.

He says that if you want
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