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Fox to air films on Friday to fill troubled schedule

April 07, 2005|by Zap2it.com

The increasingly diminished returns on Fox's Friday schedule have led the network to abandon original programming on the night for the rest of the season.

Starting April 15, Fox will air movies, including a couple of broadcast-net premieres, on Friday nights through the end of the season. "The Bernie Mac Show," currently the only first-run show in the Friday lineup, will end its season this week after an abbreviated run of 12 episodes.

The shortened season was necessitated in part by Mac's bout with pneumonia last fall. The comic also suffers from sarcoidosis, a condition that can affect the lungs and other organs.

Fridays have long been a trouble spot for Fox for several seasons. "Bernie Mac" has averaged only about 5 million viewers so far this season, with recent episodes typically drawing only around 4 million people. "Jonny Zero" also tanked this season, averaging only 3.6 million people per week.

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The network's movie night will kick off on April 15 with the Adam Sandler comedy "Mr. Deeds."

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