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Bill Cosby's reassuring and familiar voice pauses. They're deliberate pauses, perfectly timed breaks he has down to a science, evident in his first televised comedy special in 30 years, "Bill Cosby: Far From Finished" Saturday, Nov. 23, on Comedy Central.
Taped at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts near Los Angeles, it's more of a sit-down than a stand-up show. Cosby mines subjects he knows well: long-term marriages (he and Camille have been wed for 49 years) and kids (they had five). He tells stories about the differences between pals and wives. Pals are fine when you call at 3 a.m. because your car broke down. Wives, when they have been telling you to get the car fixed for ages, are less so.
Bill Cosby’s first stand-up special in 30 years, Bill Cosby: Far From Finished, premieres Sunday on Comedy Central, and now that the creative wheels are once again turning, the 76-year-old comedy icon doesn’t want to stop. Cosby recently told Yahoo! TV that he’s working on developing both a new family sitcom and an animated reboot of “Fat Albert.” »
Dismayed at your saggy pants and even saggier morals, deposed TV dad Bill Cosby wants to restore a sense of old-fashioned family values to comedy, which are those things we had before they finally invented smartphones. He already has his first standup special in 30 years coming to Comedy Central, and now he tells Yahoo TV he’d like to continue that trajectory by developing another family sitcom and even rebooting Fat Albert. He’s partnered with Cosby Show producer Tom Werner on the former, developing a comedy he says would satisfy the viewers’ desires for “a married couple that »
Emmy-winning animation giant Lou Scheimer, founder of Filmation Studios, which produced toon series including “Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids,” “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” and even the animated version of “Star Trek,” died Thursday. He was 85. The cause of death was not revealed, but Scheimer had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and had had quadruple bypass heart surgery.
Scheimer founded animation producer Filmation with Norm Prescott and Hal Sutherland in 1963. Filmation series included “The Archies,” “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and “Bravestarr.” Scheimer occasionally did voice work for the company’s series.
Scheimer won a Daytime Emmy in 1974 for the animated “Star Trek” series and a Primetime Emmy in 1977 for “A Fat Albert Christmas” special. As recently as April of last year, Scheimer was acting as a »
- Carmel Dagan
When Nickelodeon first launched in 1977, it seemed like little more than a child's answer to Saturday Night Live and MTV. In fact, it wasn't until Nickelodeon debuted the Canadian sketch series You Can't Do That on Television in the U.S. that this nascent network began to gain real traction amongst fans of all ages. Before too long, the basic cable channel became quite popular, especially with the launch of it's Nick At Nite line-up featuring such "classic" shows as Alf, The Facts of Life, Growing Pains and many others throughout the years. Viewership certainly proceeded to explode, turning it into one of today's favorite hubs for nostalgia of all kinds.
Nickelodeon had officially arrived in the 1990s, taking its signature brand to the big screen with Nickelodeon Movies in 1995. It wasn't until 1997, though, that this film division made its most iconic and beloved movie of all time: Good Burger. »
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.
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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