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October 30, 1994
The collective wits behind the new Cosby show ("The Cosby Mysteries," NBC) had better start thinking revisions, revisions, revisions. The always wonderful Rita Moreno is wasted in a silly, thoughtless role. Give her something to do. Cosby's rapport with kids is well known, but the current kiddie bits do nothing but slow the pace. W.R. Fitts, West Hollywood
November 23, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Bill Cosby, 76, has a concert special Saturday -- his first such TV show in 30 years, though he hasn't been exactly out of sight in the meantime. There were a couple of sitcoms, and a mystery series, and lately, he has become a favored guest on Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night. " That he is effecting this return via Comedy Central, home of "Workaholics," "Drunk History" and "Inside Amy Schumer" and many stand-up hours featuring comedians less polite than himself is something he has a little comic sport with at the top. It is a sit-down, rather than a stand-up, performance.
November 21, 1986 | LEE MARGULIES and MORGAN GENDEL, Times Staff Writers
At a staggering cost of more than $230,000 per episode, KCOP Channel 13 Thursday won the coveted right to broadcast reruns of "The Cosby Show" in Los Angeles, beginning in the fall of 1988. Station general manager Bill Frank declined to specify the price that KCOP paid in outbidding the other three independent stations in town, but said that it was somewhere between the winning bids in Chicago and New York.
November 22, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"The Day of the Doctor" (BBC America, Saturday), "The Night of the Doctor" and "The Last Day" (online, at your will), "An Adventure in Space and Time" (BBC America, Friday). "Doctor Who," the television show/British national monument about an alien gadabout who travels all of creation, from end to end and first to last, in a living blue police call box, turns 50 Saturday. It will be marked properly, not with a look back (though there have been those as well) but with an actual, brand new, extremely special episode, "The Day of the Doctor," whose particulars are being kept very secret, except for the bits that aren't.
July 10, 1987 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
The time slot is 8 p.m. Thursday, and it belongs to "The Cosby Show." Many have tried but none have succeeded in dethroning NBC's top-rated king of comedy. "The Fall Guy" fell, "Our World" was ignored; the face that launched a thousand Jell-O Pudding Pops even sent "Magnum, P.I." fleeing for a safer spot on the prime-time schedule. But even though it's dangerous out there on Thursdays at 8, the other networks have to put something on the air.
May 10, 1992
I'm ashamed to admit that I was a late comer to "Cosby" and didn't get into watching it until well into its popularity. What hooked me was the consistent sincerity between the Huxtables, most noticeably Cliff and Clair--the honest and truly funny moments shared between two people as husband and wife and caring parents. What they did or did not do to reflect their heritage should not be a criticism here. The intention of "Cosby" was never to preach but to entertain and, in so doing, inform.
April 23, 1986 | DAVID CROOK, Times Staff Writer
Call it grace in defeat. Call it putting on a happy face. Call it making the best of a bum deal. Whatever you call it, NBC's network competitors were returning phone calls Tuesday as they congenially bowed to the preening peacock's first ratings win in more than 30 years. From the Enough Said department, ABC Entertainment President Brandon Stoddard in Century City issued a brief, two-sentence statement. "Congratulations to NBC," read the No. 3 network's spokesman. "We're glad our season is over."
December 28, 1986 | Pat H. Broeske and John M. Wilson \f7
Things we did double takes on: Don Johnson on every cover--even New Age: "Making Sobriety Sexy." A KTTV Channel 5 ad for "The Fly"--followed by a pesticide commercial. Name (registered with the Department of Agriculture) for a tough new strain of wheat: Rambo. Tom Cruise's smile count in "Top Gun": 38 grins, 49 outright, pearly-white smiles.
November 20, 1985 | MICHAEL SEILER, Times Staff Writer
Stepin Fetchit, the black comedian who became a Hollywood star in the 1930s by playing lazy, slow-moving, easily frightened characters, died Tuesday of heart failure and pneumonia at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. He was 93. Fetchit, born Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry, came to Hollywood in the late 1920s and made a small fortune portraying shuffling, idle men who rolled their eyes in fright and ignorance at the complexities of the world.
Saying he wanted to do the right thing, the man convicted of killing Bill Cosby's only son, Ennis, has written a letter to the California attorney general's office confessing to the crime and asking that his 1998 appeal be dropped. "It is based on falsehood and deceit. I am guilty and I want to do the right thing," Mikail Markhasev, 22, wrote in the letter. "More than anything, I want to apologize to the victim's family.
September 28, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - When Condola Rashad was a little girl, her mother would often take her to work. The youngster would sit and play or watch curiously as the woman she called Mom scurried about her job. It was similar to the experience of many children, with one difference: Rashad's mother is Phylicia Rashad, who played mom Clair Huxtable on "The Cosby Show. " "She'd be super busy at rehearsal and I would be in her dressing room or somewhere backstage," Rashad said. "From as far back as I can remember, I would just sit right there and watch the process, not the red carpets and the glitz like some kids do but the work itself.
September 3, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Not content with two straight NBA championships. LeBron James is spreading his very expansive wings into the world of television. The Miami Heat forward is teaming up with writer/actor Mike O'Malley, business partner Maverick Carter and Tom Werner, the veteran producer of classic comedies "Roseanne" and "The Cosby Show," to develop a sitcom for the premium cable channel Starz.  "Survivor's Remorse" is to follow two successful young men from...
July 24, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Earlier this month we told you about the poll underway at Bill Cosby's website that asked the public to pick its favroite sweater from the comedian's vast archive of eye-catching knitwear. Now that the voting has ended, we can report that the sweater pictured above was adjudged the favorite. According to the poll results , the sweater listed under "The Argyles" grouping (though to us it doesn't appear to be an Argyle pattern at all) garnered 63% of the final tally as of the end of the contest July 15. Below is a YouTube video of Bill Cosby announcing the winner of the "World's Favorite Cosby Sweater.
July 8, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Comedian Bill Cosby, whose penchant for boldly patterned sweaters during "The Cosby Show" years is the stuff of legend, wants the public to choose its favorite piece of eye-catching knitwear. The "Cosby Sweater Tournament," now underway at the comedian's website, is arranged like a sports playoff bracket, with the field currently winnowed to two choices each in four categories: "the argyles," "the cardigans," "the cashmeres" and "the pullovers. " (Called "the Fleecy Eight," they were culled from, wait for it, the "Sweat Sixteen.
June 21, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
He's one of the hottest architects in Hollywood: The houses designed by Paul Revere Williams have attracted generations of stars - Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Bill Cosby, Denzel Washington. Actress Debra Messing recently sold a home he designed in Bel-Air for $11.4 million in less than a month - a rapid exchange for a transaction at that price. She had bought the traditional two-story house from film star Renee Zellweger a decade earlier. Williams' homes caught the imagination of the entertainment elite starting in the late 1920s and are still sought-after today, more than three decades after his death.
March 8, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Phylicia Rashad, who became a TV star 30 years ago as Clair Huxtable on NBC's "The Cosby Show," is also a Tony Award-winning actress ("A Raisin in the Sun") and an acclaimed theater director. She is directing the Mark Taper Forum's production of August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," the playwright's second installment in his decade-by-decade exploration of African American life, which runs from April 24 through June 9. Rashad talked about directing "Joe Turner" on the phone from New York, where she was casting the play.
December 24, 1989
I felt stunned and sad when I read what Bill Cosby had to say about his daughter in Lawrence Christon's Dec. 10 article. I do not know anything about Erinn Cosby, but I do know that wherever she is tonight, she is filled with sorrow at seeing those words in print. One of the loneliest experiences a human being can have is to be the recipient of blame and condemnation by a parent. It is a common but tragic mistake to single out one child as being "the problem" in a family.
March 1, 2013 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
The lineup for the 35th annual Playboy Jazz Festival has been announced, and in addition to the weekend-long concert's signature mix of jazz, funk and R&B, the festival also revealed that comic and former late-night host George Lopez will take over for longtime host Bill Cosby this year. Cosby had served as master of ceremonies at the festival since 1979, and last year the comedy legend stepped down after becoming as much a part of the show's fabric as the Hollywood Bowl, parasols and picnic baskets.
December 8, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
Reinhold Weege, who created the popular Emmy-winning sitcom "Night Court" about an often-anarchic, after-hours New York courtroom and its cast of memorably loony characters, has died. He was 62. Weege, who also wrote and co-produced the television series "Barney Miller," died Dec. 1 of natural causes at his home in La Jolla, said Bonnie Covelli, his former assistant. "Night Court," which aired on NBC from 1984 to 1992, starred a boyish Harry Anderson as the unorthodox, fun-loving judge Harry Stone and John Larroquette as lecherous prosecuting attorney Dan Fielding.
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