George Lopez takes another shot at sitcom

  • By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee
  • Tuesday, March 4, 2014 3:33pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Since the ABC comedy “George Lopez” ended in May 2007, Lopez has been busy making movies, hosting a talk show, performing stand-up dates and even making news for a quick nap he took on a casino floor.

He’s now returning to the sitcom world.

If his 10-episode tryout “Saint George” is a hit, he won’t have much time for all of those other activities.

FX could order 90 more episodes for the next 2 1/2 years.

To put that accelerated schedule in perspective: It took six years to produce the 127 episodes of “George Lopez.”

It’s a very fast pace, but it has already worked for the likes of Tyler Perry and Charlie Sheen.

Lopez wants to return to the faster pace of TV after tiring of the slow pace of making movies.

The new comedy has Lopez playing a divorced working-class Mexican American turned successful entrepreneur who gets caught between two cultures: the parenting demands of his Anglo ex-wife and the cultural expectations of his overbearing Mexican-American mother.

Complicating his life are a freeloading uncle (Danny Trejo) and cousin (David Zayas) and a job as a high school teacher.

Playing a teacher gives Lopez an avenue to talk about a lot of different topics. Many of those topics will come from his own life — a popular place for Lopez to mine his material.

On “George Lopez,” a continuing theme was his absentee father and overbearing mother.

It took Lopez awhile to land his first sitcom. Once he began to concentrate on jokes about his family and cultural differences, his act became a valuable source of sitcom comedy.

Because there are no assurances that all 90 episodes will follow, it was impractical to try and write large story arcs into the shows.

Lopez describes each of the first 10 episodes as being like “10 pilot episodes” because each will stand on its own.

That his life has been such a wealth of material makes the new show’s title even funnier, especially after he was arrested last week in Windsor, Canada.

The official statement from Lopez is: “Tied one on last night. Not feeling great this morning. I was trying to sleep it off, unfortunately, it was on the casino floor.”

Lopez laughed when he said: “It’s a pretty interesting title. You don’t become a saint until the end of your life.

“The show will explore my imperfections, which would take me past the 90 episodes. Not sure I’ll become a saint anytime soon,” he said.

Watch it

“Saint George” airs at 9 tonight on FX.

More in Life

Co-owner Jason Parzyk carries two growlers to fill as he serves up beer at Lake Stevens Brewing Co. The first brewery in the city is celebrating one-year anniversary this weekend. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Beer of the Week: Lake Stevens Brewing Co.’s Sour Imperial

The beer has a depth and a complex flavor profile that goes beyond just another barrel-aged stout.

Now is the perfect time to design the garden of your dreams

Find inspiration in gardening magazines, on the internet, in your neighborhood and at nurseries.

Around Thanksgiving, gardeners give thanks for the garden

What are they most thankful for? The pleasure they receive from spending time in their yards.

Great Plant Pick: Thuja occidentalis ‘Degroot’s Spire’

What: An exceptional selection of the eastern arborvitae, Thuja occidentalis “Degroot’s Spire”… Continue reading

AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64

The older brother of bandmate Angus Young was the group’s key writer and leader.

Garden clubs in Snohomish, Island counties

Alderwood Garden Club: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood;… Continue reading

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Printing workshop: with artist and naturalist April Richardson, 1 to 3 p.m.… Continue reading

Legendary bluesman Curtis Salgado to play Arlington show

The Northwest blues-soul-funk-R&B living legend performs with Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons Nov. 18.

This year’s Snohomish Blues Invasion has an all-star lineup

Proceeds send the CD Woodbury Trio and the Benton-Townsend Duo to the International Blues Challenge.

Most Read