Bounce TV – the nation’s first and only broadcast television network designed for African American audiences – has announced that it has licensed the broadcast television rights to all five (5) seasons and 104 episodes of “The Bernie Mac Show,” in a multi-year agreement with Twentieth Television.
Bounce TV will air the “The Bernie Mac Show” Monday-Friday, with back-to-back episodes from 8 to 9pm (ET) beginning June 1st. The sitcom joins “The Hughleys” (7-8pm) and “The Parent ‘Hood” (6-7pm) in Bounce TV’s early evening line-up.
In the series, the late Bernie Mac (he died August 9, 2008) stars as a famous stand-up comedian living large in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife Wanda (Kellita Smith). However, their world changes when they suddenly must take custody of his sister’s three children when she is ordered into rehab.
The critically-acclaimed show, loosely based on Mac’s stand-up comedy act, was a mainstay on FOX from 2001-2006. Mac’s character being a celebrity allowed for a who’s who of stars to make guest appearances on the show, including Chris Rock, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Charles Barkley, Snoop Dog and Ice Cube.
The series was created by Larry Wilmore, who’s now host of his own show on Comedy Central – “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmorel”.
And for those who aren’t able to get Bounce TV’s signal, you should know that “The Bernie Mac” show is also streaming on Netflix – all 5 seasons.
Now if only one of the existing black TV networks picks up exclusive broadcast rights to “Frank’s Place.” The series, which was canceled way too soon, isn’t available anywhere; not even on DVD. Apparently, there;s some original music rights issue holding up its release – essentially, no money.