George Lopez is in the midst of a national stand-up comedy tour that runs through the summer — he has four shows over two nights this weekend (March 16-17, 2012) at Best Buy Theater in Times Square — but he has his sights on a return to the small screen for years to come.
Lopez is making plans with Debmar-Mercury to develop a family sitcom to shop to cable channels, under the same 10-90 plan that has been successful for Tyler Perry with TBS, and this year for Charlie Sheen with FX. The 10-90 plan has a network sign on for an initial 10-episode order, with a 90-episode renewal triggered should the series meet agreed-upon ratings benchmarks.
“That format really works if you have visibility, if you have a strong following,” Lopez told the New York Daily News. “It’s a new model, but it’s been effective with people who are a little more well known.”
Lopez recently enjoyed a two-year run in late-night as the host of Lopez Tonight on TBS, and his previous 2002-2007 ABC sitcom, George Lopez, continues to fare well in syndication for Nick at Nite and other channels.