The TV veteran is set to play the head of a multi-generational family on the new NBC show

By K.c. Blumm
Updated January 22, 2014 04:15 PM
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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 November that he was eager 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?’ ”

“There is a viewership out there that wants to see comedy, and warmth, and love, and surprise, and cleverness, without going into the party attitude.”

Cosby is also working on an update for his animated series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.