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Inside Move: ‘Mac’ laid up as star continues to recover

'Bernie' delayed another week

Production on Fox’s “Bernie Mac Show” has been delayed one more week, as the series’ star continues to recover from the effects of fatigue and pneumonia.

Bernie Mac was to return to work on the set of his self-titled sitcom this Monday, but the comedian — as well as the show’s producers — decided that he wasn’t quite ready to jump into the show’s hectic schedule.

Insiders at Fox and producers Regency TV and 20th Century Fox TV now expect to restart production next week. Prep work that had started up has now been halted, and crew have been sent home until the show resumes.

“Bernie Mac” has been dark since mid-October, when the net and studios decided to give Mac a four-week break (Daily Variety, Oct. 18). Mac had been struggling to recover from pneumonia, which had been aggravated by his busy summer. He shot the features “Ocean’s Twelve” and “Guess Who” while doing press for the release of “Mr. 3000” before jumping back into the “Bernie Mac Show” without any time off.

Besides the backlog of scripts ready to be produced, Mac must also shoot several scenes for episodes that had already been in production when the show shut down last month.

Fox still intends to bring back “Bernie Mac” in January.

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