TBS Cancels George Lopez Late Night Talk Show
Final Show to air Thursday August 11
After almost two seasons on late night television, TBS has made the difficult decision of cancelling Lopez Tonight and will not renew the show for a third season. In a statement released earlier today, the network announced that, “TBS has reached the difficult decision not to order a third season of Lopez Tonight. Thursday will be the final episode of the show. We are proud to have partnered with George Lopez, who is an immensely talented comedian and entertainer. TBS has valued its partnership with George and appreciates all of his work on behalf of the network, both on and off the air."
The stand-up comic was christened the king of TBS late night programming until former Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien was forced out of his job and relocated to TBS where he bumped Lopez in to the midnight time slot. Since his move to TBS, Conan has dominated the ratings over Jay Leno’s Tonight Show and The Late Show with David Letterman. Lopez Tonight made history as it marked the first time a Mexican American hosted a late night talk show on network television. Prior to his stint as a talk show host, Lopez was the premiere Latino comic in North America, and earned his own sitcom in 2002 with the assistance of actress and executive producer Sandra Bullock. The George Lopez Show ran from March 2002 to May 2007 and is currently in syndication on Nickelodeon’s late night programming block, Nick at Nite. Lopez is also known for confronting fellow Latino comic Carlos Mencia for stealing material and performing it during one of Mencia’s early televised performances. The sudden cancellation of Lopez Tonight leaves many fans at a loss for words and will certainly hype the ratings of his final two shows.
The scheduled guests for Wednesday August 10, are Jessica Alba, David Koechner and Ellie Goulding, and the guests scheduled for his final show on Thursday, August 11 are Raven-Symone and Auggie Smith.