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How Bill Cosby's Tarnished Legacy Impacts His Business

A year ago, Bill Cosby, armed with a pitch for a new TV show, began taking meetings with network executives. The idea was simple: Re-create the magic of The Cosby Show with a sitcom built for a new generation.

"There is a viewership out there that wants to see comedy, and warmth, and love, and...  Read Full Article

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From their brownstone in Brooklyn , Cliff and Claire Huxtable watched over their family with style, wit and wisdom. They juggled their successful careers in medicine and law while raising five children who constantly test the limits. With humor and insight, which only comes with experience, the couple guides their children through the peaks and pitfalls of everyday life. Opting for reality-based humor instead of slapstick comedy, The Cosby Show provides a warm-hearted look at the complexity of human behavior.

Free | Xfinity Posted: 12/16/2014

From their brownstone in Brooklyn , Cliff and Claire Huxtable watched over their family with style, wit and wisdom. They juggled their successful careers in medicine and law while raising five children who constantly test the limits. With humor and insight, which only comes with experience, the couple guides their children through the peaks and pitfalls of everyday life. Opting for reality-based humor instead of slapstick comedy, The Cosby Show provides a warm-hearted look at the complexity of human behavior.

Free | Xfinity Posted: 12/16/2014

From their brownstone in Brooklyn , Cliff and Claire Huxtable watched over their family with style, wit and wisdom. They juggled their successful careers in medicine and law while raising five children who constantly test the limits. With humor and insight, which only comes with experience, the couple guides their children through the peaks and pitfalls of everyday life. Opting for reality-based humor instead of slapstick comedy, The Cosby Show provides a warm-hearted look at the complexity of human behavior.

Free | Xfinity Posted: 12/16/2014

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How Bill Cosby's Tarnished Legacy Impacts His Business

A year ago, Bill Cosby, armed with a pitch for a new TV show, began taking meetings with network executives. The idea was simple: Re-create the magic of The Cosby Show with a sitcom built for a new generation.

"There is a viewership out there that wants to see comedy, and warmth, and love, and... read more

Ex-NBC Employee: “Covering Up” for Bill Cosby Forced Me to Quit

A former NBC employee has come forward to say that years of "covering up" for Bill Cosby eventually made him quit his job.

Frank Scotti tells the New York Daily News that he was essentially Cosby's yes-man — standing guard outside the comedian's dressing room while he brought young models in, paying off women in exchange for their silence, and even securing a second apartment for Cosby's exploits.

"I did a lot of crazy things for him," Scotti, 90, told the Daily News. "He was covering himself by having my name on it. It was a coverup. I realized it later."

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As the Fall Season Begins, Will 4 Remain TV's Magic Number?

As the official 2014-2015 TV season kicks off on Monday, Sept. 22, we're about to find out whether TV's unofficial "Rule of 4" will strike again.

What's the "Rule of 4"? Quite simply, in the past few decades, years that ended in "4" have turned out to be game-changing seasons in network TV. In 1984, The Cosby Show premiered and immediately revived a moribund NBC, as well as the entire sitcom genre.

By 1994, NBC was struggling once again — until Friends and ER came along and made the Peacock Network an unstoppable force for the rest of the decade. By 2004, it was ABC on the ropes, until Lost and Desperate Housewives debuted and turned that network around.

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Fall TV Editors' Picks: Find Out Why Black-ish Is the New Cosby Show We All Need

It's been 30 years since The Cosby Show premiered and though sitcoms featuring primarily black characters have since found homes on BET, TBS or OWN, Black-ish will finally bring a black family back to a major network — and it's about time.

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10 Things We Learned From Bill Cosby's New Biography

Cosby: His Life and Times, Mark Whitaker's comprehensive biography of Bill Cosby, hits stores Tuesday. The absorbing read chronicles the comedian's rise from the Philadelphia projects to stand-up king, his groundbreaking role on I Spy — as TV's first black leading man — and TV's most beloved dad on The Cosby Show. But for every high, there were plenty of lows: his near-bankruptcy, his scandalous affairs that resulted in an extortion trial, his estrangement from a daughter and the bizarre murder of his only son.

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Premiered: September 20, 1984, on NBC
Rating: TV-G
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Premise: Cosby played a doctor and dad in this all-time classic, which was TV's biggest hit in the 1980s and almost single-handedly revived the sitcom genre and NBC's ratings fortunes after ABC passed on the series. Mostly set in a Brooklyn brownstone, the series focused on obstetrician Cliff Huxtable and his wife, Claire, a lawyer, as they raised their kids with loving firmness. The series debuted in September 1984, ran for eight seasons and produced one spin-off, `A Different World.'

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