In a deal similar to the one the network struck for Anger Management, FX has picked up a new comedy series from Lionsgate TV and Debmar-Mercury starring George Lopez. Per the terms of this deal, the series, titled Saint George, has been given an order for 10 episodes and assuming certain ratings criteria are met during the initial 10 episode run, a further order for 90 episodes will be triggered.
Created by George Lopez. Matt Williams and David McFadzean, Saint George revolves around the chaotic life of a recently divorced working class Mexican-American turned successful entrepreneur. In the sitcom, Lopez will portray a man who 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. The series marks Lopez’s first starring role in a sitcom since starring in ABC’s George Lopez. Wind Dancer Films, Travieso Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment, Lionsgate TV and Debmar Mercury are producing the series, with Lopez, Williams, McFadzean, Michael Rotenberg, Dete Meserve and Judd Payne serving as executive producers. Casting for the series is currently underway, wih production slated to commence in August.
“George Lopez is an incredibly gifted actor-producer and one of the most talented comedians in the business,” said Chuck Saftler, Executive Vice President of FX Networks. “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. We’ve had a great experience working with Kevin Beggs and his team at Lionsgate as well as with Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein at Debmar-Mercury, and are thrilled to expand that relationship.”
Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein commented: “FX has been an outstanding partner and we know it will provide the perfect fit for this terrific concept from the great comedy mind of George Lopez. Our business model is all about finding unique talent and broad concepts that have the best chance of succeeding both on networks and later in off-net syndication. George Lopez’s broad appeal and strong following from the rapidly growing Hispanic audience, combined with the unmatched experience and track record of Matt and David, makes us extremely confident they can deliver our next big hit.”
While Lionsgate Television Group President Kevin Beggs added: “In the tradition of George’s frank and fearless standup comedy, Saint George will reflect his no-holds-barred comedic take on the tensions surrounding race, class, sex and family life in Los Angeles through the eyes of a man straddling two separate cultures. George is an extraordinary talent and we are privileged to be working with him and with Matt and David, who are responsible for some of the most successful television comedies ever produced.”