IDW Entertainment, the recently launched division of comic book publisher IDW, has partnered with George Lopez and his Travieso production company to develop Wormwood, an animated television series based on the IDW comics created by artist Ben Templesmith. David M. Stern (The Simpsons) will write the pilot episode and serve as an executive producer on the series. Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead) will also executive produce under its deal to oversee packaging and creative development for IDW Entertainment. IDW Entertainment will fund development of the series, which will be taken out to the networks soon.
Blending horror and humor, Wormwood follows the paranormal and obscene adventures of an inter-dimensional worm with the ability to animate corpses as host bodies. “George Lopez is a comic genius and Ben’s graphic novels are epic horror comedy. Building this universe is going to be like a dream. Or maybe more like a super fun nightmare” said David M Stern. Added Lopez, “It’s not often I can produce a series about an inter-dimensional worm.” Executive producing the series with Stern are Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment, Lopez and Leslie Kolins Small from Travieso, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs from Circle of Confusion. Templesmith will serve as creative consultant.
The second of three 10/90 comedy series set for FX has a premiere date: Saint George, which stars George Lopez, will bow at 9 PM on Thursday, March 6. As part of Debmar-Mercury and Lionsgate TV’s syndication model, if the series hits certain ratings thresholds in its first 10 episodes, it triggers an additional 90-episode order. It joins FX’s Charlie Sheen comedy Anger Management, which followed the same model and is now set to enter off-net syndication in September. A third 10/90 series in the pipeline is the untitled Kelsey Grammer-Martin Lawrence sitcom to air sometime this year. Saint George is a half-hour, multi-camera ensemble that centers on George Lopez (Lopez), a recently divorced working class guy turned successful entrepreneur caught between two cultures. Matt Williams and his Wind Dancer Films partner David McFadzean co-created the series with Lopez and they executive produce alongside Michael Rotenberg, Dete Meserve and Judd Payne. The series is produced by Lionsgate TV in association with Wind Dancer, Travieso Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment.
On the heels of the breakout success of Pantelion‘s Spanish-language comedy Instructions Not Included, the feature venture between Lionsgate and Mexican media giant Televisa as well the companies’ TV studio South Shore have signed an overall film and TV deal with top Latino comedy actor George Lopez. Lionsgate is already in business with Lopez with Saint George, a 10/90 comedy series at FX. The first project under the new agreement is Pantelion Films’ English-language feature La Vida Robot, starring and produced by Lopez, which is slated to begin production in mid-October in New Mexico. It is based on Joshua Davis’ Wired magazine story about four undocumented Mexican-American teenagers from Phoenix who form a robotics team and, with $800, used car parts and a dream, they build an underwater robot that wins the national robotics competition taking down reigning champion MIT. Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer) is directing from a script by Elissa Matsueda, with Lopez, Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert, Rick Jacobs, Travieso’s Leslie Kolins Small and Pantelion’s Ben Odell producing and Ron Bass co-producing. The TV slate includes comedies and an action drama in development with Stan Lee. Read More »
After venturing into the 10/90 sitcom model with the Charlie Sheen comedy Anger Management, FX has closed another 10/90 deal with the companies behind Anger Management, Lionsgate TV and Lionsgate’s television distribution company Debmar-Mercury, for a half-hour sitcom starring and co-created by actor-comedian George Lopez. Under the pact, FX has given an initial 10-episode order to the project, titled Saint George. If it meets pre-set ratings thresholds over the 10-episode run, the network will trigger an additional 90-episode pickup the way it did last year on Anger Management.
Lopez originally signed a deal with Lionsgate TV and Debmar-Mercury to co-create, star in and executive produce a Latino family sitcom in early 2012. In February, he teamed with Roseanne creator Matt Williams after Lionsgate signed a first-look deal with Williams and his Wind Dancer Films earmarked for the Lopez show. Created and co-written by Williams, his Wind Dancer partner David McFadzean and Lopez, Saint George revolves around the chaotic life of a recently divorced working class Mexican-American turned successful entrepreneur (Lopez), who struggles to balance his demanding ex-wife, his 11-year-old son, his overbearing mother who just moved in, and his uncle, as well as his new role as a philanthropist “giving back” by teaching history once a week at a night school. “In the tradition of George’s frank and fearless standup comedy, Saint George will reflect his no-holds-barred comedic take on the tensions surrounding race, class, sex and family life in Los Angeles through the eyes of a man straddling two separate cultures,” said Lionsgate TV Group President Kevin Beggs said. Production of the 10-episode order begins in August. Read More »
Matt Williams, creator/executive producer of 1980s hit Roseanne, has come on board as writer/showrunner for another family sitcom — a George Lopez-starring vehicle, which will be produced by Lionsgate TV and distributed by sibling Debmar-Mercury under the company’s 90-10 model. A year ago, Lopez, co-creator and executive producer of multi-camera sitcom George Lopez, which ran on ABC for six seasons and 120 episodes, signed a deal with Lionsgate TV and Debmar-Mercury to co-create, star in and executive produce a new multi-camera comedy about a Latino family. Then this past January, Lionsgate signed a first-look deal with Williams and his Wind Dancer Films. The George Lopez comedy falls under that deal.
Under Debmar-Mercury’s 10-90 model, which the company employed for the Tyler Perry comedies and Ice Cube’s Are We There Yet on TBS and most recently for Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management on FX, the company sells sitcoms to cable networks with an initial 10-episode straight-to-series order, which, if meeting a ratings target, triggers a multi-season order as big as 90 episodes. Williams and Lopez executive produce the project with Lopez’s manager, 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg. Liosngate TV and Debmar-Mercury also are working on a 90-10 sitcom with Kesley Grammer and Martin Lawrence. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Comedian George Lopez has been tapped as the host of Fox’s summer dating reality series Take Me Out, which will premiere June 7 and air in the Thursday 8-9 PM slot. Based on an international format, Take Me Out, produced by FremantleMedia North America, is filmed in front of a studio audience and features a “Flirty 30″ panel consisting of 30 good-looking single women. Every week, the women meet several bachelors who try impress them with their looks, personality and sense of humor. Lopez will play matchmaker between the female contestants and the men hoping for the chance to take one lucky lady out on an ultimate dream date. After the women narrow down their field to those interested in the guy on stage, the man takes charge until posing one final question to the two remaining women before choosing the winner. Take Me Out is executive produced by Jeff Apploff (Don’t Forget The Lyrics). Lopez, who most recently hosted a late-night talk show on TBS, has a family comedy series in the works at Debmar-Mercury. He is with CAA and 3 Arts.
George Lopez is returning to the family sitcom genre. I’ve learned that Lopez, star, co-creator and executive producer of multi-camera sitcom George Lopez, which ran on ABC for six seasons and 120 episodes, has closed a deal in principal with Lionsgate TV subsidiary Debmar-Mercury to co-create and star in a new multi-camera comedy about a Latino family. Lopez will executive produce the series with his manager, 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg.
Upon finalizing the deal, Lopez and Debmar-Mercury, who both declined comment, are expected to begin a search for a showrunner. The project will be developed and produced under Debmar-Mercury’s 10-90 model, in which the company sells sitcoms to cable networks with an initial 10-episode straight-to-series order, which, if meeting a ratings target, triggers a multi-season order as big as 90 episodes. The goal is for Debmar-Mercury to quickly amass enough episodes for the sitcom’s launch in broadcast syndication, area where Lopez has been successful. While never a major hit in its original run on ABC, George Lopez has enjoyed a strong afterlife in syndication. A decade after its ABC premiere, the show continues to do well in primetime on cable, Nick at Nite and a Spanish-language version on MTV’s Tr3s, and in the afternoon in broadcast syndication. The George Lopez sitcom follows in the footsteps of Debmar-Mercury’s previous successes under its model, all minority family sitcoms: Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne and Meet The Browns and Ice Cube’s Are We There … Read More »
After acquiring a slew of off-network dramas, Ion is adding a comedy to the mix with a deal for the exclusive broadcast syndication rights to all five seasons of ABC’s George Lopez. The comedy, bought from Warner Bros TV Distribution, will begin airing on Ion on Sept. 29 in three-hour blocks three times a week. While not a runaway hit for ABC, George Lopez has performed very well for its cable home, Nick at Nite.
George Lopez opened his penultimate show last night with jokes about its cancellation, which happened earlier in the day. “In case you did not see the news on unemployment, it’s at an all-time high. And for Latinos, it just got a little higher,” he said. “Big news: Sony just announced they’re doing a sequel to the Smurfs movie, so today I lost some work because I’m brown, but I got some work because I’m blue.” He evoked the image of another actor who recently lost his TV job, Charlie Sheen. “I’m taking it good, I’m fine, but my goddesses are a wreck … they left me. And I’m losing teeth.” Lopez also referenced the fact that there are no more minority comedians hosting late-night shows with his and Mo’nique’s canceled within a week. “The next time you see a black and Latino guy together on TV, it is (boxers) Ortiz and Mayweather in Las Vegas. In the end, “we’re not saying goodbye, we’re just saying cable doesn’t work,” he said. Here is video of his opening monologue: Read More »
After 8 months as slot mates on TBS, Conan O’Brien and George Lopez’s bromance still seems to be going strong. For the first time in late night television two back-to-back hosts will guest on each other’s shows on the same night on the same network when O’Brien appears on Lopez Tonight and Lopez on Conan on Thursday. The two hosts are in a different position as O’Brien has more years on his contract while Lopez Tonight‘s is up and the network has not made a decision yet, sparking rumors of a possible cancellation.
20th Century Fox has shared a two-minute scene from Rio, the 3D animated film by Carlos Saldanha, the guy behind the Ice Age films and Robots. The film, about a macaw that leaves the cold of Minnesota for the warmth of Rio, has a voice cast that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx and George Lopez.
UPDATE: The jig is up: reps for George Lopez confirmed this was a shtick and Lopez is not seriously considering running for Mayor.
PREVIOUS: Comedian and late-night talk show host George Lopez talked about his political aspirations on Fox11′s Good Day LA this morning. “I intend to run for Mayor of Los Angeles… in 8 years… I want to be Mayor of Los Angeles. If Arnold Schwarzenegger can be governor, why can’t George Lopez be the mayor of Los Angeles.” Jokes involving President Barack Obama and change ensue. Here is the clip: