Illness Causes Halt To 'The Bernie Mac Show'

With star Bernie Mac recovering from exhaustion stemming from his frantic career pace, FOX has elected to give “The Bernie Mac Show” a brief production break, delaying the show’s fall return by at least one week and likely more.
Originally set to return from a baseball-related hiatus on Wednesday, Nov. 3, FOX has yanked that night’s two scheduled episodes.

While FOX’s programming release noted only that the night’s “Mac” episodes are postponed while the star “recuperates from illness,” industry trades are reporting that the actor’s summer production schedule precipitated the fall break. In addition to finishing up “Mr. 3000” and promoting that film, Mac was simultaneously shooting “Ocean’s 12” and the update on “Guess Who” with Ashton Kutcher.

The four episodes of “Bernie Mac” which aired during September were produced before the summer. Through the first month of the season, the show is averaging only 5.55 million viewers per episode.

In place of “Bernie Mac,” FOX will preview “Nanny 911” at 9 p.m. ET. On that series, a team of specialized nannies tackle the problems that baffle frustrated parents. Head Nanny Lillian leads a crew that includes Nanny Deb, Nanny Stella, Nanny Yvonne and Butler Fraser.

FOX has yet to announce either the permanent home for “Nanny 911” or how long the “Bernie Mac” delay will last.

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