Bounce TV to bring back ‘Cosby Show’ re­runs

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

Re­runs of “The Cosby Show” are re­turn­ing to tele­vi­sion, even as the co­me­dian’s sex­ual as­sault trial looms next year.

Bounce TV an­nounced in so­cial me­dia posts that it will re­sume air­ing re­runs of the 1980s sit­com on Dec. 19. At­lanta-based Bounce, pro­grammed for black au­di­ences, says it takes the al­le­ga­tions against Cosby “se­ri­ously,” but says its re­search shows African Amer­i­cans “see a dis­tinc­tion be­tween Bill Cosby, the man, and the iconic TV char­ac­ter Cliff Huxtable.”

The an­nounce­ment has drawn crit­i­cism from some, in­clud­ing Judd Apa­tow. The di­rec­tor and pro­ducer tweeted, “Pre­sent­ing a vi­o­lent rapist to view­ers like he is a lov­able dad is in­ap­pro­pri­ate.”

In July 2015, Bounce pulled re­runs of the co­me­dian’s CBS sit­com “Cosby.” Other net­works — in­clud­ing TV Land and Cen­tric — dropped “The Cosby Show” after the sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions be­gan in 2014.

The 79-year-old Cosby has de­nied al­le­ga­tions of un­wanted sex­ual con­tact from dozens of women.

In this 1992 photo, Phyli­cia Rashad, as Clair Huxtable, talks on the tele­phone while Bill Cosby, as Dr. Cliff Huxtable, cen­ter, and other cast mem­bers of the fam­ily sit­com “The Cosby Show,” gather around dur­ing tap­ing of the fi­nal episode in New York.

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