TBS has announced that it is canceling George Lopez's talk show "Lopez Tonight."
"TBS has reached the difficult decision not to order a third season of Lopez Tonight," the company said in a statement. TBS called Lopez "an immensely talented comedian and entertainer." The last episode of his program will air on Thursday.
Lopez was the only Latino to host a late night talk show. The premiere of "Lopez Tonight" in November 2009 also marked TBS' first attempt to break into the late night scene. The show struggled to gain viewers in a competitive landscape, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In November, Lopez was bumped back an hour to a midnight slot to accommodate Conan O'Brien's "Conan" after the comedian's exit from NBC.
It remains to be seen what will replace "Lopez Tonight" and how TBS will re-position "Conan," which remains one of the network's flagship programs. One possibility could involve O'Brien, who owns his show, producing another show to air immediately after his. If this were to occur, O'Brien would follow in his idol David Letterman's footsteps. Letterman's contract with CBS gave him the power to produce the show immediately after "The Late Show." He created "The Late Late Show" in 1995.
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