NBC is desperately in need of hit shows. Despite currently being the #2 network in America in the ratings, the network solely depends on 3 shows (The Blacklist, Sunday Night Football, The Voice) for their top spot which makes them vulnerable after the seasons to all 3 of those shows are finished. NBC has decided to use a new strategy of bringing back old stars with new concepts to fix this problem but so far it hasn’t worked (Michael J. Fox, Sean Hayes). Even though they haven’t found success yet, NBC is going to try this strategy one more time with Bill Cosby according to Deadline:
In 1984, The Cosby Show revived the sitcom genre and fueled NBC‘s ratings resurgence. Three decades later, Bill Cosby is looking to bring some of that magic back to NBC, which has been going though a rough time with comedies. The network has made a deal for a half-hour family comedy to star Cosby. As he did in the ’80s, Cosby has partnered with producer Tom Werner, whose company with Marcy Carsey produced Cosby Show. The new comedy will be built around Cosby, who will play the patriarch of a multi-generational family and, like the comedian’s previous family sitcoms – Cosby Show and Cosby on CBS — will channel his take on marriage and parenting. Cosby and Werner are meeting with writers on the project, which has been put on off-season development track.
This show can work but they need to bring back all of the old castmates back to the show and add new ones. For the most part, all of the former castmates of the original Cosby Show are currently unemployed. Adding a brand new wife, new kids and grandkids to the old Cosby Show concept will throw off many viewers and may not be enough to garner big ratings.
Now, the real question is when will NBC bring back “The Fresh Prince of Belair”? Or when will NBC, which built the careers of Cosby and Will Smith, rely on another African-American comedian to start a hit comedy series?