NBC is confirming that Bill Cosby is developing a possible new sitcom he would star in.
The deal brings the 76-year-old entertainer together with a writing staff to create a script for a comedy that casts Cosby as the patriarch of a multigenerational family.
An NBC spokesman said Wednesday that, as yet, there is no series order, nor even a deal to produce a pilot episode.
Cosby’s greatest TV triumph began at NBC three decades ago, when The Cosby Show launched in September 1984. It ran for eight seasons.
NBC announced on Wednesday that it is renewing the long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives for two more years, taking it into 2016.
The renewal means the show will get to celebrate its 50th anniversary while still on the air in November 2015, an impressive feat in a time when many daytime soap operas have vanished.
One long-running performer on Days who probably won’t be around to celebrate the 50th anniversary is Alison Sweeney. Sweeney, who plays troublemaker Sami Brady, announced this week that she’s leaving the series sometime early in 2015 after 21 years. She joined the show in 1993 at age 16.
Viewed in China
Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show is getting a new audience – viewers in China.
The lighthearted, celebrity-focused show is now available in China on video site Sohu, with Chinese subtitles and within 48 hours of its original U.S. broadcast.
It is the first U.S. daily talk show to be carried in China, according to a statement Tuesday by distributor Warner Brothers and Sohu.com Inc.
Sohu Video this month unveiled the late-night U.S. comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live as an addition to its lineup.
PBS will commemorate Black History Month with shows including a profile of The Color Purple author Alice Walker.
The public television service announced Tuesday that the program about Walker will air Feb. 7 as part of the American Masters series.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Chita Rivera is 81. Actor Gil Gerard is 71. Singer Anita Pointer is 66. Actor Richard Dean Anderson is 64. Singer-guitarist Robin Zander is 61. Singer Anita Baker is 56. Actress Gail O’Grady is 51. Actress Mariska Hargitay is 50. Singer Marc Nelson is 43. Actress Tiffani Thiessen is 40.