LAS VEGAS — Comedian George Lopez said he is creating a new family-orientated sitcom where he will play a father and husband, vowing to return to television less than two months after TBS canceled his late-night show “Lopez Tonight.”
Lopez told The Associated Press his now untitled show “will be the opposite” of “George Lopez,” the syndicated television sitcom that aired on ABC from 2002 and 2007 and made him a household name.
He also plans to star in his third live HBO standup special next year, his first since 2009.
Viewership for his late-night show on TBS declined heavily in its second year
He says the show suffered after he lost his 11 p.m. ET time slot to Conan O’Brien. He said TBS’ plan was for Lopez to go on after O’Brien at midnight and win over O’Brien’s young viewers.
Instead, Lopez’s total viewership dropped 40 percent in its second year, from an average of 910,000 nightly viewers to 543,000. By August, the audience had dropped to 391,000.
The comedian said it is unfortunate his show was canceled because there are few minority hosts on late-night television.