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February is Black History Month, and to help celebrate, The St. Louis Black Film Festival will be presenting a Tribute to the 86-year old Sidney Poitier at their C lassic Black Film Festival. Lucky St. Louis movie buffs will have the opportunity to view eight vintage Sidney Poitier on the big screen. Every Thursday in February, The St. Louis Black Film Festival will be presenting two Poitier films at St Louis Cinemas Galleria (630 St Louis Galleria, Richmond Heights, Mo 63117).
- Tom Stockman
As Woody Allen’s alleged sex abuse accusations are rehashed this month, several media outlets are also dredging up old allegations made against legendary funnyman Bill Cosby. Gawker’s Tom Scocca recently decided to unearth old claims made against the comedian, who has a brand new NBC sitcom in the works. ”Who Wants to Remember Bill Cosby’s Multiple Sex-Assault Accusations?” has garnered over 200,000 page views. Also read: Bill Cosby Tapped to Star in Family Comedy at NBC Cosby has not been charged with any crimes. He settled a lawsuit in 2006 with a woman who claimed the entertainer drugged and »
- James Crugnale
Having earned hundreds of millions of dollars for hosting “The Tonight Show” over the past twentysomething years, Jay Leno might not look like a working-class hero. Yet there’s something people can identify with in his relationship with NBC, where corporate bosses have rewarded his loyalty and work ethic by twice elbowing him aside to make room for newer models.
Leno is preparing to end a second stint as host of the venerable franchise on Feb. 6, having once been briefly replaced by Conan O’Brien and subsequently reinstated. Four years later the 63-year-old comic is stepping down again, this time to clear the way for Jimmy Fallon — at 39, almost a quarter-century his junior.
Although it’s been all smiles of late — after NBC stumbled in announcing the latest plan amid awkward leaks — the network is left in the familiar position of hoping its current workhorse, now that much closer to retirement age, »
- Brian Lowry
Yesterday's news that NBC is working on a new comedy with eighties network savior Bill Cosby — from the same producers who brought you The Cosby Show — prompted predictable skepticism from the Twitterati: "Because this worked so well for them with Michael J. Fox." "This new Cosby sitcom will feel about as fresh as Billy Crystal's last tour as Oscar host." The "latest sign that Jack Donaghy may, in fact, be running NBC." This sort of mockery is understandable, particularly since the Cosby development comes just days after the aforementioned The Michael J. Fox Show tumbled to its worst ratings yet (a mere 0.6 among adults under 50) and former Will & Grace co-star Sean Hayes continues to strike out on NBC with Sean Saves the World. It's hard not to view the Peacock's deal with Cosby as yet another example of network TV seeking comfort in the familiar, »
- Josef Adalian
An investigation by Mother Jones accuses the Animal Planet reality show Call of the Wildman of being staged and of committing animal cruelty in faking the show. The series follows a wildlife rescuer who uses his bare hands to capture wildlife that has gotten too close to areas inhabited by humans. However, Mother Jones says that the animals have been placed for Call of the Wildman scenarios, sometimes putting the safety of the animals at risk.
With CBS’ soaps and Days of Our Lives fates secured Deadline says that the remaining soap, General Hospital, will also continue next season, noting that the genre is experiencing a resurgence, with all shows gaining viewers.
ABC has ordered a seventh season of Wipeout.
TV Guide reports that frequent Ricky Gervais-collaborator Stephen Merchant will appear on Modern Family‘s Vegas vacation episode. He’ll play a hotel butler struggling to manage the Pritchett clan’s many requests. »
- Lyle Masaki
24: Live Another Day
Jack Bauer is bleeding and Chloe O'Brian has gone all Lisbeth Salander in the first set photos from filming on the event series "24: Live Another Day" in London on Wednesday. Both characters were filmed shooting a scene involving an explosion. [Source: Too Fab]
The story follows four extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada, a mountaintop fortress where the Romans found the last pocket of resistance after they conquered Jerusalem in 70 Ce. [Source: Deadline]
Filmmaker David O. Russell is attached to executive produce an untitled soap for ABC which has been given a 13-episode straight to series order.
The story is described as an upstairs/downstairs soap »
- Garth Franklin
Back in the 1990s, it seemed like every sitcom on television was tailored specifically to the comedian leading its cast. Shows like Roseanne, Home Improvement and Everybody Loves Raymond are just a few examples of hit series that fit this bill, and all three helped keep the family sitcom a television mainstay for years. However, before those shows even aired their respective pilots, The Cosby Show accomplished both these tasks.
Running from 1984 to 1992, the series was one of the biggest hits of its time, reinvigorating family sitcoms and paving the way for more African-American ensemble casts on shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Family Matters. Now, over twenty years since his signature series came to an end, Cosby seems poised to take on ...
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- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Deadline reports that Cosby and producer Tom Werner are meeting with writers about the project. No further details are available yet but, considering the current state of NBC's sitcoms, they no doubt want to get it on the air this fall.
What do you think? Do you think you'll want to watch a new Cosby show? »
Bill Cosby is 76 years young and, as he's recently noted, far from finished. According to Deadline, the actor/stand-up legend is returning to his old home network, NBC, to star in a new family comedy series. The currently untitled project will be produced by Tom Werner, who worked on the iconic sitcom The Cosby Show.
Bill Cosby's Five Essential Life Lessons
While no pilot has been ordered and no studio has attached to the show, NBC is currently in the process of assembling the writing staff. According to Variety, »
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 »
- K.C. Blumm
Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show introduced American families to the day-to-day lives of the Huxtables, a successful African-American family with Bill Cosby starring as their patriarch. Now, it looks like Cosby will be returning to television by way of a new family sitcom set up at NBC. The new half-hour comedy once again features Cosby at the head of a multi-generational family, and will serve to being his take on marriage and parenting to the forefront. Cosby and producer Tom Werner are currently meeting with writers for the project. The show is expected to take a look at the love between family members, "warts and all." I'd love to see Cosby back on TV, as long as he takes all of his old sweaters out of storage. Let us know what you think in the comments! (Via Deadline) »
- Dave Trumbore
"The Cosby Show" has been off the air for more than 20 years, but Bill Cosby is ready for his return to NBC. The comedian, now 76 years old, has signed with the network to develop a half-hour comedy, which he will star in.
The new sitcom will show Cosby as the head of a multi-generational family, imparting his views on marriage and parenting along the way. Werner and Cosby are currently searching for writers to work on the project.
Bill Cosby heading back to NBC to star in a new family comedy, produced by former Cosby Show producer Tom Werner. In the untitled series, Cosby will play the head of a multi-generational family, not-so unlike his past comedy series, Cosby Show and Cosby, which aired on CBS years after the Cosby Show ended its successful run on NBC. No other specifics on the upcoming new series. The project is currently out to potential writers. Just last month, TV Land aired Cosby's latest stand-up special, Bill Cosby: Far From Finished, which marked his first full-length stand up program in over three decades. In typical Cosby form, he gave his hilarious point of »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Bill Cosby heading back to NBC to star in a new family comedy, produced by former Cosby Show producer Tom Werner. In the untitled series, Cosby will play the head of a multi-generational family, not-so unlike his past comedy series, Cosby Show and Cosby, which aired on CBS years after the Cosby Show ended its successful run on NBC. No other specifics on the upcoming new series. The project is currently out to potential writers. Just last month, TV Land aired Cosby's latest stand-up special, Bill Cosby: Far From Finished, which marked his first full-length stand up program in over three decades. In typical Cosby form, he gave his hilarious point of view on topics he knows well, such as relationships, marriage and of course, children.
- Tambay A. Obenson
Bill Cosby is returning to sitcoms. E! News has confirmed Cosby has signed to star in a new NBC sitcom as a patriarch in a multigenerational family. The network has not ordered a pilot yet and no writer is currently attached. No word on the sweater situation…yet. Deadline first reported on Cosby's TV comeback Cosby partnered with veteran producer Tom Werner for the new NBC project, Deadline reports. Werner and Marcy Carsey were producers on NBC's The Cosby Show and CBS's Cosby. No stranger to the TV viewer, Cosby previously starred in The Cosby Show for eight seasons on NBC from 1984-1992. Following, Cosby starred in CBS's Cosby from 1996-2000. Both shows co-starred Phylicia »
NBC confirmed today that the network is in the early stages of bringing Bill Cosby back to television with a family-set comedy in which Cosby would star as the patriarch. (Of course.) NBC has tried twice already this season to bring back network stars and situate them in family sitcoms, but neither The Michael J. Fox Show nor Sean Saves the World has gotten much traction. No studio or writers are attached to the Cosby project just yet, but Deadline reports that sitcom-producing legend Tom Werner (original Cosby Show, Roseanne, 3rd Rock From the Sun, etc.) is onboard, so there's that. »
- Margaret Lyons
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, »
- Lynette Rice
While there is no pilot order and no studio is attached, NBC has confirmed that they are hiring writers and Cosby would star “as a patriarch in a multigenerational family.”
“The Cosby Show,” which Werner produced through his production company with Marcy Carsey, ran from 1984 to 1992 on NBC. The sitcom “Cosby,” which the comedian developed with John Markus and also costarred actress Phylicia Rashad, ran from 1996 to 2000 on CBS.
Partnerships with 1980s and ’90s TV stars seems to be a theme at NBC, where “The Michael J. Fox Show” is limping along in ratings. (Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” on ABC is doing better). The Cosby news happened a day after NBC announced it was scrapping its “Murder She Wrote” reboot with Octavia Spencer.
Deadline Hollywood broke the news of the Cosby partnership.
- Whitney Friedlander
Bill Cosby could soon find himself in a very familiar role: Starring in a family comedy. The actor and comedian has entered a deal with NBC to lead a half-hour familial sitcom. Writers are currently being hired for the project, which has no studio attached to it yet. See video: Bill Cosby to Jon Stewart: Stop Swearing The new venture will find Cosby at the head of a multi-generational family. Cosby, who recently headlined the Comedy Central special “Far From Finished,” starred in “The Cosby Show” on NBC from 1984 to 1992 and “Cosby” on CBS from 1996 to 2000. Cosby discussed the. »
- Tim Kenneally
More than 20 years after The Cosby Show ended its run on NBC, Bill Cosby is returning to the network to star in a new family comedy. Cosby is teaming with former Cosby Show producer Tom Werner of Carsey Werner for a new family comedy in which he'd star, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The new comedy will be centered around Cosby, who will play the patriarch of a multigenerational family, like NBC's Cosby Show and CBS' Cosby, and will include his take on marriage and parenting. Photos: Best and Worst TV Dads A search is underway for writers on the project,
- Lesley Goldberg
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