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Mar 22, 2004  •  Post A Comment

“The Bernie Mac Show” is moving to a new night and time slot as Fox shakes up its Sunday night schedule. “Bernie” moves from 8:30 p.m. Sundays to 8 p.m. Mondays, leading in to new sitcom “Cracking Up.” “Bernie’s” first Monday airing will be March 22. As for Fox’s Sunday schedule, “Oliver Beene” was yanked in favor of back-to-back “King of the Hill” episodes (one original and one rerun) from 7-8 p.m. “The Simpsons” stays at 8 p.m. with a rerun airing at 8:30 p.m. The 9-10 p.m. hour of “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Arrested Development” stays the same.
Sugar Ray Leonard Joins `Contender’
Hall of Fame boxer Sugar Ray Leonard has signed to star in NBC’s new reality series “The Contender,” which will showcase a nationwide search to find new boxing talent. He joins an all-star team of executive producers, actor Sylvester Stallone, reality guru Mark Burnett and DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg.
CBS Picks Up `Big Brother’
CBS has picked up “Big Brother 5” to air this summer. Casting is under way, with applications available on www.cbs.com. Arnold Shapiro and Allison Grodner, who produced “Big Brother 4,” are on board to executive produce the fifth edition, in association with Endemol USA.
UPN Orders Reality Series `Alive’
UPN ordered five episodes of a new one-hour reality series “I’m Still Alive!” “Alive” will tell the real-life stories of people who have survived death-defying situations. It is produced by A. Smith and Co. with Arthur Smith and Kent Weed executive producing.
`Swan’ Gets New Premiere Date
Fox has changed the premiere date for its newest reality show, “The Swan,” to Wednesday, April 7, at 9 p.m. The move was made to give the show an “American Idol” lead-in. The show then moves to its regular Monday 9-10 p.m. time period April 12. That will bump reality soap “Forever Eden” to Thursdays 9-10 p.m. starting March 25.
`Restaurant’ Reopens April 19
NBC is bringing “The Restaurant” back Monday, April 19, in the 10-11 p.m. time slot after “Average Joe: Adam Returns” finishes its run. NBC has had much success with the reality franchise “Average Joe” in that time slot. The six-episode second season of “Restaurant” picks up six months after the end of the first season, in which cameras chronicled chef Rocco DiSpirito’s struggles to open a new restaurant, Rocco’s on 22nd. The new season will include the real-life conflict between Mr. DiSpirito and his major financier, who has accused Mr. DiSpirito of financial mismanagement.
Stewart Renews With `Daily Show’
Jon Stewart has agreed to stay on as host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” through the 2008 presidential election. Mr. Stewart’s contract was set to expire at the end of this year. He is also executive producer and a writer on the show. “A lot of people like to get out when their show’s still going well,” Mr. Stewart said in a statement. “This gives me the opportunity to beat this thing into the ground.”