CBS is saying goodbye to “Cosby.”
The Bill Cosby laffer, produced by Carsey-Werner, will call it quits next month following a four-season run on the Eye, the net plans to announce today.
Skein’s finale- filmed several weeks ago- is skedded to air at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28. The half-hour episode will be a regular seg without any series ending hoopla.
Declining ratings that followed the show’s September move out of its 8 p.m. Monday slot are largely responsible for the decision to end the series.
“I’m going out with the graduating class of 2000,” Cosby said. “I wish we could have done better for CBS.”
CBS Television prexy and CEO Leslie Moonves was effusive in his praise of Cosby.
“I will forever be in Bill Cosby’s debt,” said Moonves. “He came here in 1995 at a time when the network was deep in third place. His signing was a symbol to the creative community that the best and the brightest still wanted to call CBS home. And, the success of his series revitalized our Monday night and was the catalyst for moving the network back to the top of the standings.
“Everyone at CBS is proud that Bill chose to bring ‘Cosby’ here,” Moonves added. “And we’re thrilled that he will still be an important part of the CBS family.”
Moonves also thanked Phylicia Rashad and the rest of the “Cosby” cast for “sharing their incredible talents with CBS.”