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Bill Cosby to return to NBC in new sitcom

By Ed Payne and Jane Caffrey, CNN
updated 8:12 AM EST, Thu January 23, 2014
After playing Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," Bill Cosby starred in "The Cosby Mysteries," "Cosby" and hosted "Kids Say the Darnedest Things" on top of starring in a number of films. Now, one of America's favorite TV dads and comedians is returning to TV with a new family sitcom. See what the rest of the "Cosby Show" cast has been up to: After playing Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," Bill Cosby starred in "The Cosby Mysteries," "Cosby" and hosted "Kids Say the Darnedest Things" on top of starring in a number of films. Now, one of America's favorite TV dads and comedians is returning to TV with a new family sitcom. See what the rest of the "Cosby Show" cast has been up to:
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Bill Cosby starred in the ground-breaking 1980s sitcom "The Cosby Show"
  • He broke the color barrier with a starring role in the 1960s TV series "I Spy"
  • Cosby won three best actor Emmy Awards for the role
  • He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002

(CNN) -- Bill Cosby is returning to NBC with a new sitcom, a network representative told CNN on Wednesday night.

The comedian will play the patriarch of a multigenerational family.

The show brings the 76-year-old comedian back to the same network where his groundbreaking 1980s sitcom "The Cosby Show" had an eight-year run.

"The Cosby Show" portrayed an upper-middle-class African-American family, and it's credited with helping revive NBC's fortunes and blazing a path for other shows featuring African-Americans.

Cosby played Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, the patriarch of that TV family. Phylicia Rashad played his wife, Clair. She would play his wife for a second time on the 1990s CBS sitcom, simply called "Cosby."

Bill Cosby on respectability and success

Cosby's career is in its fifth decade. He started out performing stand-up comedy in small clubs in Greenwich Village in New York. He eventually landed a pivotal co-starring role in the 1960s television series "I Spy," where he was the first-ever African-American lead in a weekly dramatic series.

He won three best actor Emmy Awards for the role of undercover CIA Agent Alexander Scott.

Cosby received Kennedy Center Honors in 1998 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. He most recently received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which is awarded to performers who use comedy to influence American society.

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