There's a new George Lopez show on the way!
FX has picked up Lopez's half-hour sitcom "Saint George," which he co-created and will star in. The new Lopez show marks the comedian's first starring TV role since "George Lopez" ended its six-season run on ABC in May 2007.
"Saint George" will be a multi-camera ensemble comedy that centers on the chaotic life of a recently divorced working class Mexican-American turned successful entrepreneur (Lopez). He struggles to balance his demanding ex-wife, his 11-year-old son, his overbearing mother who just moved in, and his uncle, as well as his new role as a philanthropist “giving back” by teaching history once a week at a night school.
"I'm excited about my new show, couldn't think a better group of people or better place to create than FX," Lopez said in a statement. "Now to get ready ... Back to Pilates!"
FX ordered "Saint George" under the 10/90 model: Ten episodes will be made and if the series earns a certain level of ratings succes over it first 10-episode run, FX will order an additional 90 episodes. The model has been successful in recent history with another FX series "Anger Management" and Tyler Perry’s "House of Payne" and "Meet The Browns" on TBS.
“George Lopez is an incredibly gifted actor-producer and one of the most talented comedians in the business,” Chuck Saftler, FX's executive vice president, said in a statement. "The 10/90 model requires a unique individual who has the ability to pull off this kind of daunting schedule. George is that guy and we couldn’t be happier that he chose FX as the home for his new project.”
Matt Williams and his Wind Dancer Films partner David McFadzean co-created "Saint George" with Lopez. The trio will serve as executive producers and will also co-write the first episode of the series.
Production on Lopez's new show is set to begin in August.
News of Lopez's new series first broke in February 2012 and though "Saint George" marks Lopez's return to sitcoms, it's not his first time back on TV. The comedian had a late-night run on TBS with "Lopez Tonight," which ran from 2009 to 2011, and hosted Fox's dating game show "Take Me Out" in the summer of 2012.
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