Bill Cosby: The influence continues


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CNN —  

NBC was wary of “The Cosby Show.”

Sure, Bill Cosby was a successful advertising pitchman and in-demand comedian. But for all his success, he hadn’t had a hit prime-time television show since “I Spy” in the ‘60s.

Little did they know.

“The Cosby Show,” starring Cosby as doctor and f