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Nick pacts with Cosby for ‘Fatherhood’ toon

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Nick at Nite has greenlit a toon series based on Bill Cosby’s bestseller “Fatherhood,” to which David Alan Grier is attached.

The series is skedded to preem in December. Cabler had been in talks with Cosby for years about bringing the book to life.

While the skein marks a first foray into originals for Nickelodeon’s evening and overnight programming arm, “Fatherhood” is Cosby’s third endeavor in animation. He is an exec producer of Nick’s preschool series “Little Bill” and from 1972-84 was creator and star of “Fat Albert.”

“Fatherhood” will examine the challenges, life lessons and comical confusions of family life. Grier will star as the voice of Dr. Bindlebeep, a high school teacher, husband and father of three.

Cosby will exec produce with his “Little Bill” cohorts Charles Kipps and David Brokaw. Sal Maniaci, TV Land/Nick at Nite’s VP of development and production, will oversee the project.

“It’s great to work for a dynamic company like Nick at Nite,” Cosby said. “I hope the audience will enjoy the art of New Yorker cartoonist George Booth that inspired the look of these characters.”

“We are thrilled and honored to join forces with America’s most beloved and creative funnyman,” said Larry W. Jones, executive veepee and general manager of TV Land and Nick at Nite. “We’ve been looking for an original property much like ‘The Cosby Show’ that truly fits the Nick at Nite family viewing brand. What better way to launch our first original series than with an original Cosby gem?”

“Fatherhood” was published in May 1986 and was No. 1 for more than half of the 54 weeks it spent on the New York Times bestseller list.

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