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George Lopez to star in TBS talk show

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George Lopez performs at the Latino Inaugural Gala at Union Station in Washington on January 18, 2009. U.S. President-elect Barack Obama will be sworn into office on January 20. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn) | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/00b41018fc866d0a6a0b2ba0a7111b29/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
George Lopez performs at the Latino Inaugural Gala at Union Station in Washington on January 18, 2009. U.S. President-elect Barack Obama will be sworn into office on January 20. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, March 24 (UPI) -- Mexican-American comedian and actor George Lopez is set to star in a new late-night television talk show, TBS said Tuesday.

The program -- from 2.2 Productions, paraMedia Inc. and Telepictures Productions, in association with Warner Horizon Television -- will "bring the excitement back to late night with an outdoor street-party atmosphere and a high-energy crowd," the cable television network said in a news release. "The fun will include visits from celebrity guests, live music and comedy acts and the benefit of George's own flair and personality."

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Lopez and Jim Paratore serve as the executive producers for the not-yet-titled series, which will air on TBS Mondays through Thursdays at 11 p.m. ET/PT, starting in November, TBS said.

"If change can come to the White House, then change can come to late night," Lopez said in a statement. "Yes, I can!"

"George Lopez is one of the most talented, popular and successful comedic performers today and we are thrilled to partner with him and with TBS on a nightly talk-variety show," Hilary Estey McLoughlin, president of Telepictures Productions, said in a statement. "He has an extraordinary ability to authentically connect with a diverse audience and will bring a really different point of view that will be a game-changer in late night."

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The new show represents Lopez's return to series television after co-creating, writing, producing and starring in Warner Bros. Television's sit-com "George Lopez," which ran for six seasons on ABC.

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