NBC has scrapped plans for a new comedy series with Bill Cosby amid new allegations of rape against the comedian, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Earlier Wednesday, Netflix also postponed its upcoming Cosby stand-up special.
The untitled NBC comedy, which was set to launch in summer or fall 2015, was to star Cosby as the father of three married adult daughters. One of Cosby's alleged victims called NBC's decision to facilitate Cosby's return to network TV "irresponsible" earlier this week. A network spokesperson told TVGuide.com Wednesday that NBC has no plans to move forward with the series. The project had been in early development and no script had been ordered, sources tell TVGuide.com.
Netflix's Bill Cosby 77 was scheduled to premiere on Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving. "At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand up comedy special Bill Cosby 77," the company told TVGuide.com in a statement.
TV Land has also cut ties with Cosby, removing all pages promoting The Cosby Show. Now the links lead only to an error page. The network currently has The Cosby Show scheduled to air on Sunday, but it's unlikely TV Land will air the repeats, judging by their erasure of Cosby Show listings on a separate page.
Cosby's lawyer, Marty Singer, responded to Dickinson's statements on Tuesday, calling them "a defamatory fabrication" in a letter to TheWrap. Cosby has not commented publicly on the accusations against him.