Don't give up on Bernie Mac's TV comeback just yet

The new stars of fall TV may be overwhelmingly Caucasian (the notable exception being the Fox comedy Do Not Disturb, which features black actress Niecy Nash as a co-lead with Jerry O’Connell), but we may still see new shows with minority leads before next spring. EW.com hears that Warner Bros. TV is looking to retool its failed sitcom pilot for Fox that starred Bernie Mac as a divorcee, while CBS has made a new commitment to find a show for rapper-actor LL Cool J. In fact, CBS’ diversity department has been especially busy of late: since announcing its fall lineup to advertisers in May, CBS has made African-American actor Rocky Carroll a series regular on NCIS (he’ll play the new director), and added Japanese-American actor Aya Sumika to the cast of Numb3rs. She’ll play an FBI agent.


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  • DJ

    YAY BERNIE MAC!! I was disappointed to hear that his sitcom didn’t get picked up. The premise sounded promising… Glad to see it might get another chance!

  • t3hdow

    This only reinforces the meager support Fox gave to Bernie Mac’s last efforts on their network. His sitcom was unconventional yet hilarious and brutally honest, which is something I can’t say for most UPN/CW black comedies (and in a lesser extent, ABC’s My Wife and Kids). Fox moving it to a different time slot each year didn’t help ratings either. No wonder it died off after it officially hit its syndication mark; on Friday nights with the equally atypical Malcolm in the Middle, no less (meanwhile, the horribly derivative War at Home gets a better Sunday time slot).
    Bernie deserves better than Fox.

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