SHORT CUTS: Bernie Returns to the Tube

Published November 9, 2007

Posted Nov. 9, 2007 -- Bernie Mac will find his back to the Fox network to star in a new sitcom pilot. Tentatively titled "Starting Under," the plot has Mac as a large, opinionated (what a stretch!) who winds up divorced and living with and working for his introverted twentysomething son.

Bernie Mac is reuniting with Fox, signing on to star in a new laffer from "Drew Carey Show" creator Bruce Helford. Half-hour -- tentatively titled "Starting Under" -- comes from Warner Bros. TV, where earlier this summer Helford renewed his studio vows, sealing a hefty new two-year overall deal.

According to Variety, Fox scored the comedy after a fierce bidding war. The network gave a substantial series commitment to the pilot, making it one of the biggest -- if not the biggest -- comedy deals of the now-suspended development season.

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Foxx, Latifah, Berry Up for People's Choice

Can Jamie Foxx beat Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson? Viewer's will see when the two vie for favorite leading man during the 34th Annual People's Choice Awards on Jan. 8. Other nominees include Halle Berry for favorite female movie star, Queen Latifah for favorite leading lady and Denzel Washington for favorite male movie star.

Nominees in 38 categories across television, film and music platforms were selected by a sampling of men and women, ages 18-49 from a list compiled by Knowlege Networks, a market research company, and members of the People's Choice Community. Fans can vote for their favorites at PCAvote.com.

Ali to Host "American Gladiator"

In addition to her new Nickelodean gid, Laila Ali, 29, will also join Hulk Hogan as co-host of NBC’s American Gladiators, reports PEOPLE.

“It’s an honor to be reintroducing this American classic to a new generation of fans,” Ali said. Although she competed on DWTS, this will be the first time Ali has ever co-hosted a TV series.

In the new version of American Gladiators, set to air in mid-season, eight new gladiators equally divided by gender will face everyday people ready to take them on in unique challenges.

 

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