George Lopez is heading back to cable TV with a new straight-to-series order announced today by TV Land.
Lopez will air at least 12 half-hour episodes starting in 2016, starring Lopez as a semiautobiographical version of himself, a comedian trying to find balance between his rich Hollywood existence and his Hispanic-American roots.
“I’m excited that TV Land realizes that my personal challenges, insecurities and inability to connect are all part of my charm,” Lopez said.
“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 programming executive 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.”
TV Land has evolved over the past year into single-cam series, most notably this summer with The Jim Gaffigan Show. Meanwhile, the network passed today on a future fifth season of multi-cam series, The Exes. All of the channel’s current programs are single-cams: Younger, Impastor and the upcoming Teachers.
Lopez will executive produce Lopez alongside John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky (Silicon Valley, King of the Hill), who wrote the pilot that sold TV Land on the series. Michael Rotenberg and Troy Miller from 3 Arts also are EPs.
The comedian’s big breakout hit on broadcast, ABC’s George Lopez, remains a ratings winner in the demographics for Nick at Nite, a Viacom sister station of TV Land.
In between then and now, the comedian hosted Lopez Tonight for two years (2009-2011) in late-night for TBS, filmed an HBO special in 2012, and starred in a multi-cam, Saint George, last year for FX that failed to trigger the back 90 on a 10/90 deal.