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George Lopez interview to push TBS’s new talk show November 9

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One key to a successful talk show host is likability. On that front, George Lopez fits the bill for Atlanta-based TBS’s first foray into the scrum that is the talk-show world.

Lopez is brash, but not arrogant.He can be edgy but not too edgy. He’s approachable but not dull. And he isn’t afraid to tout the fact he’s the first Hispanic-American with a talk show in primetime. In the end, he hopes to make a splash along the lines of Arsenio Hall two decades ago.

That won’t be easy given the crowded environment he enters. Already, Jay Leno is now eating up five prime-time hours a week on NBC to less-than-enthralling results. Wanda Sykes launched her own weekly Fox talk show this past Saturday. And Mo’Nique began her own a few weeks ago here in Atlanta for BET.

His show, which tapes in Los Angeles and will air at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, competes with Comedy Central’s double shot of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, E!’s Chelsea Handler, Mo’Nique and part of “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” on NBC and “Late Night With David Letterman” on CBS.

“Times are changing,” he said in a phone interview in October. “I feel I offer something different and can compete with the Tonight Show and the others. I don’t think people who follow me are necessarily watching those other shows.”

Lopez, a 48-year old Los Angeles native, is best known for his successful sitcom “The George Lopez Show” on ABC, which aired from 2002 to 2007. Although ratings were just okay on ABC, the show has thrived in syndication on Nick at Nite.

He’s also a veteran stand-up comic.

“I’ve been around for 30 years,” he said. “I’ve done huge HBO specials. I’m not afraid of what the format is.”

To prep for the show, he’s been doing standup.

“It makes me feel better,” he said, to go on stage. “It keeps me strong mentally.”

He will have the basic tenets of a talk show: monologue, skits, interviews, musical acts. But he said the set will resemble a comedy club and he will move around the stage. He will use hand-held cameras to generate more of a party atmosphere. He promises it will look different from other shows. He’s got pros working with him with backgrounds such as Letterman, Bill Maher, The Tonight Show and Ellen DeGeneres.

And he said he won’t play Mr. Nice Guy all the time. “I won’t be afraid to be mean,” he said. “Comedy comes from a place that has to have a purpose.”

Lopez said there will be on-the-street bits, but he won’t be doing them. “I’m from L.A.,” he explained, jokingly. ” I don’t feel comfortable on the street. And I won’t be holding cutouts from newspapers,” he added, referencing Leno’s “Headlines” bit.

I interviewed him a couple weeks ago and he couldn’t say who his first guests are. But day one’s lineup has since been announced: Eva Longoria, Ellen DeGeneres and Kobe Bryant, a nice melange of celebrities. Other upcoming guests will include Jamie Foxx, Eva Mendes, Ray Romano, Jessica Alba, Queen Latifah, Sandra Bullock, Marc Anthony, Ted Danson, Oscar de la Hoya, Larry David and Kathy Griffin.

Here’s a just-released official promo, using footage from test shows he shot last week with the likes of Dane Cook and Samuel L. Jackson. He also shot a promo last year with Pres. Barack Obama.

He also gets best wishes from a host of celebrities (including the “Real Housewives of Atlanta”):

41 comments Add your comment

Slappy

November 6th, 2009
11:46 am

George Lopez, the king of stealing other comedians material and using it verbatim.

NegNews

November 6th, 2009
2:23 pm

I give it a month.

guy

November 6th, 2009
2:23 pm

george lopez isn’t funny; his tv show sucks balls

Razor

November 6th, 2009
2:27 pm

Listen closely children,you can almost hear the jiggle of the chain.

Whooshh…whooosh…swirl. Flush.

Adios…………….. Lopez Tonight.

Heather Czerniak

November 6th, 2009
2:38 pm

If you want a Hispanic talk show host that will last a long time, get Pablo Francisco.

caramello

November 6th, 2009
2:52 pm

Dezi Arnez

November 6th, 2009
3:10 pm

I was the first Hispanic on primetime! I was knocking out firecrotch too!

migel

November 6th, 2009
3:21 pm

TBS not very funny….George Lopez even less.

PURPLE CRAYON

November 6th, 2009
3:50 pm

hmmmm, i think it will be on for about a year…Lopez is like that other latino that isnt on the air anymore…they are one in the same….its only so long that this kind of format gets dull…kinda like leno…but i look forward to a new show.

Shanel

November 6th, 2009
4:16 pm

Hey,it has to be better than Jimmy Kimmel!…Doesn’t it?

Razor

November 6th, 2009
4:17 pm

Damn right we’re haters.

Rather pull a Cobain than watch this pig wanker.

Now….. “Peeing on thread.”

Manuel

November 6th, 2009
5:43 pm

I think its going to be a great show, by the way seems like all comments are very negative, sounds with a little “HATE” But hey we , the mexicans ,are used to work under preassure and around people like that, but hey thats just motivation for us, because we normally tend to keep the party alive, so FTP to all negative gringos, just get used to it!

AUCHHH … GL ROCKS.

Saludos desde EL PASO TEXAS.

Donald

November 6th, 2009
6:59 pm

Did i just hear some of you people say George Lopez isn’t funny wow talk about morons you know nothing as for stealing material can you prove it stupid idiots get lost people !.

Mars

November 6th, 2009
9:42 pm

I love George Lopez. I hope his show runs forever. He is very funny WHAT because everyother words not the F word hes not funny. Grow up.

Larry

November 6th, 2009
9:45 pm

Donald, George Lopez is known around the comedy circuit for stealing others material and not even changing it. Especially young comedians. He’s even done a Bill Cosby bit someone recorded Cosby doing prior at a show in Vegas. Just youtube it, there is PLENTY of proof. Joe Rogan even put together a video showing a young comedians routine side by side with Lopez and the dates. Youtube AND google is your friend my man.

Westside Wes

November 6th, 2009
9:51 pm

lol even Carlos Mencia wiki page talks about him plagiarizing other comedians. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Mencia but ya I looked on the internet and plenty of video examples thanks. I did not know this about him especially stealing for other young mexican comedians

Atlantamex

November 6th, 2009
9:55 pm

23 million Americans of Mexican decent that have a show to relate to …i think we’ll do fine. If the comedians from kings of comedy and blue collar tour get a tv show … Why can’t we too? Wait we did … And a late night show I think we are doing pretty well.

Turtle

November 7th, 2009
7:41 am

lol, you guys are confusing Carlos Mencia with George Lopez. Men-steala is the one who steals everyones junk. Lopez was the victim of this as well by Mencia ripping him off.

sherreisgay

November 7th, 2009
10:54 am

Shay

November 7th, 2009
6:08 pm

Lopez is cool, Mencia is the ripoff.

Cynthia

November 7th, 2009
8:15 pm

So looking forward to his show. Great to know some of the upcoming guests. Nice article Rodney!

jan

November 7th, 2009
8:59 pm

Lopez is not funny! He makes me sick! I wouldn’t waste my time watching his no talent butt!
I agree with the other fella who said LOPEZ SUCKS BALLS! He’s a copycat and not talented one bit!!
His show won’t last a season, he’s already a has been! I sure won’t watch nor will millions of others,he sucks!!!!!

TV Viewer

November 8th, 2009
3:27 pm

Talk shows have become a dime a dozen. I hope his show is better than loud mouth Monique and manly Wendy Williams.

mitzymy

November 8th, 2009
8:47 pm

George Lopez is very funny. I watch his show every night on Nick. I am glad he got his own show finally. Latinos are closing in. First Sotomayor and now George. Mexicans are the largest minority group in America, and the majority in Texas and Florida, and our neighborhoods are flooded with them, and their own businesses. They work anywhere, anytime, doing anything you can think of. They deserve their own late night show.

[...] to AJC Radio/TV blogger Rodney Ho, Lopez has the key ingredient for success − likability. Lopez is brash, but not arrogant. He can [...]

SEAL THE BORDER!!!

November 10th, 2009
6:39 am

If we kick all the ILLEGAL ALIENS out of this country and send them back South of the Border, then no of you “economy parasites” will be here to “relate” to this show.

SEAL THE BORDER!!!

November 10th, 2009
6:40 am

If we kick all the ILLEGAL ALIENS out of this country and send them back South of the Border, then NONE of you “economy parasites” will be here to “relate” to this show.

Suave

November 10th, 2009
7:58 pm

I can’t believe the jealousy on this site, I’m sorry George but apparently the one tooth sister humping trailer loving uneducated, wife beating generic beer drinking trash community will not be watching your show, but the P.R.’s from New York got your back, and we have some big films coming out next year, by 2015 we will be the majority.

Nelson Antonio Denis

November 11th, 2009
4:51 am

#1) The ratings for the first two George Lopez shows this week, have surpassed the recent averages of Leno, Kimmel, Letterman and Conan.
#2) The extensive line-up of A-list guests shows overwhelming industry support.
#3) Critical reviews in N.Y. and L.A. have been glowing.
#4) There’s no need to argue with morons. The ratings results and advertising revenue will speak for themselves.
#5) CONGRATULATIONS GEORGE! TU ERES UN GRAN EJEMPLO! ORALE BUEY!

lia

November 11th, 2009
9:36 pm

George Lopez late night WHAT!!?? Finally something good 2 watch…HATERS…good nite!!

Jose Alvarez

November 13th, 2009
12:03 am

Doing a talk/late night show just because it validates one ethnicity? Pretty silly. George’s raspy voice is annoying and as someone else already stated, he is a “has been”. You can tell Lopez is nervous and overdoing it on his show. YMMV…

Me

November 13th, 2009
8:42 am

I forgot, the Internet is usually plagued with racist morons who will sometimes deny it and others they will show how ignorant they are. Most people have the right for free speech, but not everyone deserves it.

Suave

November 13th, 2009
10:54 am

Yeah, Jose Alverez, I’m sure thats your name BillieBob!

Suave

November 13th, 2009
11:52 am

“The Jay Leno Show” hit a new ratings low Monday night, while the debut of George Lopez’s “Lopez Tonight” posted strong and promising numbers.

Leno registered a 1.15 rating in the Adults 18-49 demographic, its lowest A18-49 rating to date, reports the New York Times’ Bill Carter. Carter notes that NBC uses the A18-49 metric “to define success because of the number of advertisers who want to reach that group.”

Meanwhile, Lopez premiered strong on three Turner networks, averaging 3.2 million total viewers across TNT, TBS, and truTV. The show premiered on all three networks, but will air on TBS, where it averaged 1.7 million total viewers and 1 million A18-49 viewers.

Jerry

November 16th, 2009
11:39 pm

Not funny, AT ALL!!!

celeste

November 19th, 2009
10:27 pm

Proud to be a MEXI-CAN! George is a rolemodel… “Que si podemos, si queremos! God Bless you George for keeping it real.

chris

December 9th, 2009
8:47 pm

coman mierda todos los gavachos putos que no quieran a gorge…y tambien los chicanos celosos. Viva la raza pendejos! GOOOOOOOO Gorge!

Jose Alvarez

December 13th, 2009
5:16 pm

@Suave: yes it is my name. I’m sure yours is not Suave.

BTW, get educated on the show biz. Initial ratings do not tell the whole story. Give it some time and you (and everyone else) will see that George Lopez’s show will not be a long term success. Time will tell, but time has already told it, just look at what happened to The George Lopez Show.

Chris: you so reinforce the stereotypes people have about Mexicans. Oh, and it is “George”, not “Gorge”.

Suave

January 19th, 2010
7:24 pm

Jose, Chris and I both understand where you are coming from, maybe your name is really Billybob and it’s a strong possibility that you were just born the wrong skin color. I’m not even a Mexican, I’m Puerto Rican and I am proud of any Latino that breaks down the barriers and sets a tone of success for himself, because in doing so, he is openning the doors for all of our children. You should take a long look in the mirror and really think about what you are saying.

Pete

February 3rd, 2010
9:40 pm

George Lopez is not a positive role model for Hispanics which is sad. He grew up hating white people but should have turned that around as someone who realized the American dream and have beaten all adversity. But instead continues to hide in covers of comedy and ethnic pride to promote hate. As immigrant non-whites, we have a lot to learn from white people’s ignorance and mistakes. We can’t imitate what the whites did thinking we can always get away with it.

Genesis

February 17th, 2010
10:27 am

THIZ GOSE TO ALL THE HATERZ
U GUYZ JUST HATEIN CUZZ UR NOTT MEXICAN SOO SHUTUPP
AN YESS WE R PROUND TO BEEE SOOWAT EVER
BIGG FANN =)