×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Lopez laffer lands at ABC

L.A. radio host, comedian gets family sitcom

ABC has ordered 13 episodes of “The George Lopez Show,” a new sitcom from Warner Bros. TV, Bruce Helford and Sandra Bullock’s production company.

The comedy, which stars comedian and radio host Lopez as a family man in Los Angeles, will be prepped for a potential midseason bow. Bullock is on board to guest star in the show’s first episode; her Fortis Films shingle will produce along with Helford’s Mohawk Prods.

Besides Helford and Bullock, Deborah Oppenheimer (“Norm”) and Robert Borden (“The Brian Benben Show”) will executive produce. Helford, Borden and Lopez serve as co-creators.

“The opportunity to create with Bruce Helford and Sandy Bullock is a dream come true,” Lopez said. “The unfortunate part is I have to set aside my stem cell research.”

“George Lopez” will be ABC’s latest stab at reigniting the family comedy (along with “My Wife and Kids” and “According to Jim”), a once-dominant genre on the Alphabet web. The series will be set at home, where Lopez’s character lives with his wife, kids and grandmother, as well as at work, where he serves as a union rep at an airplane parts factory.

ABC and Warner Bros. hope to develop “George Lopez” in the vein of working-class family comedies such as “Roseanne,” which Helford exec produced and Borden helped write.

A friend of Bullock’s first brought Lopez to her attention. After watching Lopez’s stand-up routine, Bullock –whose company is based at Warner Bros. — met with Helford about collaborating on a series starring the comedian.

“Who would have thought that my life would go from ‘me me me’ to ‘George George George,’ ” Bullock said. “We are so excited to be part of the teaming of George and Bruce Helford.”

Lopez, who has just signed with UTA, was a morning personality on Los Angeles’ KCMG-FM (“Mega 92.3”) until that station underwent a format change last week. He’s still slated to host a Saturday morning show on the station.

Lopez currently appears in a recurring role on Showtime’s “Resurrection Blvd.” He also writes for Nickelodeon’s “The Brothers Garcia” and frequently hosts Univision’s “Que Loco.” Oglio Records/Warner Music recently released the standup’s CD “Right Now, Right Now.”

The comedian also took a dramatic turn in the Lions Gate film “Bread and Roses,” which premiered to strong reviews at the Cannes Film Festival. He’ll also appear in the Disney comedy “Frank McKlusky, C.I.” and the Showtime telepic “Fidel.”

Lopez is the first Latino thesp to headline a primetime sitcom since Constance Marie starred in NBC’s 1997 laffer “Union Square.”

Lopez is also repped by manager Ron De Blasio; UTA also reps Helford, Oppenheimer and Borden, while CAA handles Bullock.

More TV

  • Marvelous Mrs Maisel Vice

    'Vice,' 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Lead Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Winners

    Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice,” starring Oscar nominees Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell, won two awards at the sixth annual Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Saturday night. The film won for best period and/or character makeup as well as special makeup effects. “Mary Queen of Scots” received the prize for period [...]

  • Jussie Smollett Good Morning America

    Jussie Smollett Angrily Denies Complicity in Attack

    Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett issued a statement Saturday denying that he orchestrated his Jan. 29 assault, and saying he is “angered” and “devastated” by recent developments in the case. Chicago police want to interview Smollett, after learning new evidence from two Nigerian brothers who were released on Friday night. Local media outlets have [...]

  • Jussie Smollett Empire

    Chicago Police Want to Talk to Jussie Smollett as New Evidence Emerges

    Chicago police are seeking to re-interview “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, after new evidence emerged in his alleged assault. Smollett has claimed that two men attacked him at 2 a.m. on Jan. 29, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, poured bleach on him, and put a noose around his neck. The Chicago Police Department has consistently said [...]

  • Five Takes on Canal Plus, Federation’s

    Just Days Left to Catch Canal Plus’ ‘The Bureau’ on MyFFF

    The most lauded of titles on this year’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, UniFrance’s online showcase featured by over 50 OTT services around the world, may not be a film but a drama series. With four seasons aired, and a milestone in world sales on a French TV show, slow-boiling espionage series ‘Le Bureau des légendes’ (“The Bureau”) is [...]

  • Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith

    Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith Dies at 78

    Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, the historian who spent 40 years cataloging and preserving the company’s legacy of entertainment and innovation, died Friday in Burbank, Calif. He was 78. Smith served as Disney’s chief archivist from 1970 to 2010. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and served as a consultant to the [...]

  • TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA

    TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA West President, Dies at 91

    Prolific Emmy-nominated television writer Christopher Edwin Knopf, former president of the Writers Guild of America West, died in his sleep of congestive heart failure on Feb. 13. He was 91. Knopf was born in New York and attended UCLA, leaving during his senior year to join the Air Force during World War II. He finished [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content