Veteran U.S. comic Bill Cosby, who was popular worldwide during the 1980s and 1990s with his family comedy "The Cosby Show," has signed a new contract with NBC to develop and star in a new sitcom, the New York Post reported on its Web site.

Although no pilot episode has yet been filmed and the project is in the very early stages, it has been confirmed that the beloved 76-year-old comedian will star, once again, as the patriarch of a large family, very similar to his role from 1984 to 1992 on his earlier sitcom, which overturned many stereotypes about the daily routine of a black family in the United States.

Cosby last November admitted to Yahoo TV that he intended to try and recover the spirit of "The Cosby Show" with another series about a couple that loves each other, "warts and all," children that respect their parents and story lines where people make mistakes, treat each other properly and forgive one another.

The episodes in the new series, which will be 30 minutes each, will be produced by the same team that worked on "The Cosby Show" and its unofficial sequel "Cosby," both broadcast by CBS, with Tom Werner heading up the project.

With the new series, NBC intends to recover its momentum after it misfired with "The Michael J. Fox Show," which has not enjoyed the success the network had hoped for. EFE