'Bernie Mac' worth following to new night

Monday, March 22, 2004

One of the highlights of Fox's spotty schedule, "The Bernie Mac Show" (7 p.m., Fox), moves to a new night and time. Too bad. I thought the network's Sunday-night comedy lineup was their strongest asset. After all, you can't run "American Idol" every night of the week. On tonight's "Mac," Bernie begins to question Bryanna's school's touchy-feely approach to education. This show is always funniest when Bernie's "old school" values collide with reality. It's a winner whenever it airs.

Tonight's other highlights

Late night

Tom Hanks and N.E.R.D appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Mel Gibson and Prince on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).

Jim Carrey, Eric McCormack and Barenaked Ladies on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... John Larroquette, Carmen Kass and Chingy are booked on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (11:37 p.m., CBS).