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Showtime picks up “We Need to Talk About Cosby” to run after Sundance debut

Showtime will debut the new docuseries We Need to Talk About Cosby on January 30, shortly after its premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The four-part series comes from comedian, ...
December 21, 2021

Showtime will debut the new docuseries We Need to Talk About Cosby on January 30, shortly after its premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

The four-part series comes from comedian, host and producer W. Kamau Bell (CNN’s United Shades of America) and explores Bill Cosby’s legacy, known for years as “America’s Dad.” It covers his career beginnings on television in the 1960s through his work in children’s programming and education, his stand-up career and albums, and his era-defining sitcom, The Cosby Show. He was a model of Black excellence for millions, but following the brave and painful testimonies of dozens of women, he was eventually found guilty of drugging and assaulting a woman, though his conviction was recently — and controversially — overturned.

We Need to Talk About Cosby is directed by Bell and features people connected to Cosby’s life on-screen and off, including several survivors. The series digs into who Cosby was, and what his work and actions say about America, both then and now.

The documentary will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, a little more than a week ahead of its Showtime debut on January 30.

We Need To Talk About Cosby is produced by Boardwalk Pictures in association with WKB Industries. Executive producers are Bell, Andrew Fried, Katie A. King, Dane Lillegard, Jordan Wynn and Sarina Roma, with King serving as showrunner.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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