Bill Cosby is returning to television with a new situation comedy, that according to representatives of the NBC network, with whom the comedian has long been affiliated.

The show brings the 76-year-old comedian back to the same network where his groundbreaking 1980s sitcom "The Cosby Show" had an eight-year run.

"The Cosby Show", which ran from 1984 to 1992, is credited, not only as sociologically groundbreaking, but in restoring NBC to both ratings and financial dominance.

NBC spokespeople say in the new series, which is so far untitled, Cosby would play "the patriarch of a multigenerational family". The show set to premiere later this year.