George Lopez's late-night gig: The host you've been waiting for?
“If change can come to the White House, then change can come to late night,” comedian George Lopez told The Hollywood Reporter about his new TBS talk-show. “Yes I can!”
TBS. George Lopez. Late night.
Is that really change we can believe in?
TBS ordered 34-weeks of the show, which will attempt to generate a more spontaneous and interactive spark with its live audience, and hopes that an 11 p.m. start time will give Lopez a cushion before Dave and Conan come on at 11:30. But don’t forget that Leno’s new prime-time show will air at 10, and Lopez is still slated opposite Jon Stewart, though his show would seeming target a different demo than The Daily Show. But just how much couch-patter can viewers be expected to consume?
For TBS, it’s worth the gamble. Their instincts on Tyler Perry paid off, and Lopez might fill a similarly under-served niche. Technically, they have nothing to lose: Frank TV was a pretty stale imitation of a late-night variety show.
But is Lopez the right guy? His eponymous ABC sitcom had a nice run, ending after 118 episodes in 2007, but how many George Lopez fans are there really? Leno at 10 has a curiosity factor. Jimmy Fallon had a curiosity factor. George Lopez? I’m not feeling the curiosity factor. Maybe Lopez should pick a fight. In 2007, he lashed out at Leno, called him “two-faced” and the “worst interviewer on TV.” Now, it’s put-up time, and if I were Lopez, I wouldn’t necessarily run away from controversy.
Can George Lopez keep your attention four nights a week? Do you give him a prayer of lasting 34 weeks, or is a repeat of Chevy Chase’s late-night trainwreck a distinct possibility?
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