George Lopez is jumping into late-night.
The comedian, best known for the family-friendly sitcom, “George Lopez,” and his hilarious HBO stand-up routines, has signed on to host a late-night talk show on TBS, launching in November 2009.
The series will feature a casual environment which will include musical acts, live guests and audience interaction, and will have an “outdoor feel.”
We asked Lopez how his show would differ from other talk shows. “Well first of all I’m not a white male,” Lopez joked. “So I’m of color already. If you put me and Craig Ferguson together you will see a huge difference.”
“There is just an audience that is beyond The Hills and Gossip Girl and I feel that I can pull those people to TBS to watch the show,” he said, adding, “I’m trying to be completely inclusive and bridge a gap which exists”
Lopez already has his interviewing strategy ready. “Well I will be funny and joking around and then I will slip in if they’ve ever been convicted of a felony,” he said. “No, you know, after a long day I would just like to have it be funny. I’d like to bring out the best in them and for me to have a good time with them. I don’t want it to be heavy because that’s what Anderson Cooper is for, or Lou Dobbs.”
His dream guests include Barack and Michelle Obama, the band Maná, Denzel Washington, “and Michael Jackson, because he’s black AND white. So he would appeal to a universal demographic.”
Any guest he wouldn’t like? “Everybody is in play except for maybe Erik Estrada. I’m not a fan,” he said, referring to his longstanding feud with the 70′s TV actor.
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