TV Land has handed out a 12 episode straight-to-series order to Lopez, a semi-autobiographical single-camera comedy series starring and executive produced by George Lopez.
Lopez follows America’s most successful Hispanic American comedian and explores how George struggles between his two worlds and crises – often of his own making. Too rich to go back to his working class, Latino roots, and too “brown” to feel comfortable in his affluent celebrity life, being George Lopez comes with many problems.
The single-camera series is being penned by John Altschuler and Silicon Valley scribe Dave Krinsky. The duo will also executive produce alongside Troy Miller (Areested Development), 3 Arts Entertainment’s Michael Rotenberg and George Lopez. Production on the show’s twelve episode order is expected to get underway later this year for a 2016 premiere.
“We are excited to produce a series around iconic comedian George Lopez that reveals him in a hilarious, yet brutally honest way” says Keith Cox, Executive Vice President of Development and Original Programming. “George is constantly reinventing himself and as TV Land continues its evolution, we can’t wait to tell his story from a fresh, innovative perspective.”
The series order for Lopez comes less than 24 hours after TV Land cancelled The Exes as part of their drive to moe away from multi-camera efforts and re-focus on single camera shows. Lopez joins a growing line of single-cam shows that also includes Impastor, The Jim Gaffigan Show and Teachers.
This is also a happy ending for Lopez, who previously attempted a TV comeback with Saint George on FX in 2013. That series operated under the 10/90 model pioneered by Debmar Mercury, but it failed to meet the requisite ratings threshold to trigger the 90 episode back order. “I’m excited that TV Land realizes that my personal challenges, insecurities and inability to connect are all part of my charm”, said Lopez.