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OTRC: Bill Cosby working to return to TV, may star in NBC comedy

Bill Cosby attends the celebration of the 55th anniversary of a Washington institution Ben's Chili Bowl on August 22, 2013 in Washington, DC on Aug. 22, 2013. (Olivier Douliery/AbacaUSA/startraksphoto.com)

Bill Cosby is working to make a return to television.

The comedy legend is reportedly developing a half-hour family comedy for NBC, according to Deadline.com. The show will center on Cosby, who will play the patriarch of a multigenerational family.

Cosby, 76, is once again working with producer Tom Werner on the show. Wener's company, Marcy Carsey, produced Cosby's hit 1980s sitcom "The Cosby Show."

"The Cosby Show" aired for eight seasons from 1984 to 1992. It was one of the biggest television hits of all time. The show starred Cosby, Phylicia Rashad as his wife and Lisa Bonet, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempestt Bledsoe, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Sabrina Le Beauf as their children.

The show also spawned a spinoff called "A Different World," which ran for six seasons from 1987 to 1993.

NBC confirmed the Cosby news to The Associated Press, but stated that there is no series order or a deal to produce a pilot episode.

Cosby recently appeared in a Comedy Central special called "Bill Cosby: Far From Finished." He last appeared on a scripted television show when he starred on the CBS series "Cosby," which ran for four seasons from 1996 to 2000. The show also starred his "Cosby Show" co-star Rashad.

(Pictured: Bill Cosby attends the celebration of the 55th anniversary of a Washington institution Ben's Chili Bowl on August 22, 2013 in Washington, DC on Aug. 22, 2013.)

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