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George Lopez to Star in Semi-Autobiographical Comedy Series on TV Land
TV Land is set to turn the lens on George Lopez's life.
The comedian is poised to star in and executive produce Lopez, a single-camera comedy that has landed a 12-episode series pickup at the Viacom-owned cable network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Lopez revolves around America’s most successful Hispanic-American comedian and explores how he struggles between his two worlds and crises — often of his own making. Too rich to go back to his working-class Latino roots and too "brown" to feel comfortable in his affluent celebrity life, being George Lopez comes with many problems.
The serialized comedy, set to debut in 2016, will be written by John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky (Silicon Valley, King of the Hill), who will executive produce alongside Lopez, 3 Arts' Michael Rotenberg (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Troy Miller (Arrested Development).
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"We are excited to produce a series around iconic comedian George Lopez that reveals him in a hilarious, yet brutally honest way,” said TV Land exec vp development and original programming Keith Cox. "George is constantly reinventing himself, and as TV Land continues its evolution, we can’t wait to tell his story from a fresh, innovative perspective."
Added Lopez: “I’m excited that TV Land realizes that my personal challenges, insecurities and inability to connect are all part of my charm.”
The news comes as Lopez's George Lopez continues to be a stellar performer on TV Land sibling Nick at Nite.
For TV Land, the Lopez announcement comes a day after the cable network canceled its last multicamera comedy, The Exes, as it continues to rebrand itself with younger and edgier fare including Younger, Teachers, Impastor and The Jim Gaffigan Show. On the pilot side, TV Land recently picked up single-cam entry I Shudder, starring Hamish Linklater, and is developing a half-hour inspired by the life of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Kyle Richards, with John Wells attached, and a Groundlings comedy from Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone.
For Lopez, the series marks his TV return following FX's 2014 entry Saint George, which was canceled after failing to meet a ratings barometer that would have guaranteed an additional 90-episode pickup. The similarly themed comedy starred Lopez as a recently divorced, working-class Mexican-American. In addition to his ABC comedy, George Lopez, in which he played a fictionalized version of himself for six seasons, Lopez became the first Mexican-American to host a late-night series with TBS' Lopez Tonight, which ran for more than 280 episodes.
Lopez is repped by 3 Arts.
Lopez arrives as broadcast and cable networks continue to make strides with diverse programming. Last season, ABC launched the Latino-family-themed comedy Cristela, which, despite good reviews, was canceled after one season. NBC, come midseason, will launch Eva Longoria's Hot & Bothered (formerly Telenovela), and The CW has found awards-season success with Jane the Virgin.