George Lopez to star in TBS talk show

March 24, 2009 at 12:00 PM
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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."

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."

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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