George Lopez was the talk of the TCA (Television Critics Association) press junket in California earlier this week, there to promote his entry into the late-night talk-show field, Lopez Tonight, which will air Monday-Thursday at 11 p.m. starting Nov. 9, 2009, on TBS. Previously, Lopez had talked up his TBS talk show in a March conference call with myself and others. Here's a clip from his pilot presentation:

There's another clip that TBS screened for critics in which President Barack Obama gave Lopez his presidential seal of approval. Lopez also told the TCA that his show wouldn't have a desk, nor cue cards, nor even a regular monolgue, per se. He also promised to throw out other rules of late-night — the musical guest doesn't have to go last; audience members may be invited up to the panel; he wants to make sure it's a party more than anything else.

In related news, Lopez continues to tour with his stand-up — he's in New Mexico tomorrow, followed by a week through Texas, culminating with the live broadcast of his special, Tall, Dark & Chicano, from San Antonio on Aug. 8, via HBO. And no matter what George Lopez site or video you hit upon, you're going to hear the familiar chords of "Low Rider." So I hope you like that! Anyhow. Here's an UPDATED promo clip from Lopez selling his HBO special. Because it's going to be broadcast live, you won't be able to see what it's really like until Aug. 8, so here's Lopez to offer some info and teasers:


George Lopez: Tall, Dark & Chicano
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