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Bernie Mac

Lead Actor - Comedy

Bernie Mac

Series: “The Bernie Mac Show”

Years on show: 1

Emmy pedigree: First-timer

Episode submitted: “Now You Got It”

2001-02 shining moment: Knocking over a mother and her kid while sliding into home at a company softball game.

Pro: Everybody likes an underdog.

Con: Freshman noms often have a difficult time breaking through.

Quotable: “I wanted to do something about parenting, which has been part of my (standup) act for years. Nowadays parents don’t want to be parents, they want to be friends with the kids. We always say we want to give our kids more than we ever had, but more is not better.”

“Television has never been a priority of mine. I really enjoyed being on a stage and being able to be my own person. That’s why it was so hard for me to make the transition. Taking the time and getting the proper training is always important.”

Critical viewpoint: “He is saying what everybody thinks but doesn’t want to say out loud, like, ‘I’m going to kill you.’ The family situations are real and easy to relate to, and he’s just so smooth.” Marc Allan, the Indianapolis Star