It looks like George Lopez will once again get paid for playing a fictionalized version of himself as The Hollywood Reporter reports that he’ll star in and produce a comedy series based in part on his life for TV Land. The series has already been picked up for 12 episodes and will debut in 2016.
The show is called Lopez and will feature Lopez as “America’s most successful Hispanic-American comedian” who will find some way to mine his rags-to-riches life story for comedy. Lopez will reportedly show Lopez straddling two very different worlds: the rich-people-in-Hollywood one and that of his working-class background. These class differences will mostly be played for laughs, so expect to see Lopez muttering in Spanglish over the indignity of being asked to valet someone’s car at his own movie premiere or something.
Lopez, who played a Mexican-American character named George on The George Lopez Show and Saint George, was reportedly selected for his own series by TV Land execs because he is “constantly reinventing himself.” At least the network has put together a veritable comedy brain trust to helm the show: It will be written bySilicon Valley co-creators John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, who will also executive produce along with Lopez, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s Tony Rotenberg, and Arrested Development’s Troy Miller.
Here's a great role for George Lopez--anybody but himself. He could play a florist, a dentist, or a drag queen who dresses up in body armor and fights gun nuts. He could do a show about running a winery in the middle of nowhere and it would still be more interesting than trying to do another show about a blue collar guy trying to negotiate the world.
If ever there was a time on television to try something innovative and interesting, it's now.