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George Lopez: ABC Sitcom Star Feels Dumped

George Lopez canceledABC officially cancelled the George Lopez sitcom today after six seasons. Rumors had been flying for some time – either that the series would be certainly cancelled or definitely renewed. How does series star Lopez feel about the cancellation?

He reportedly received a call over the weekend from ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson who told him the news – that another season of George Lopez wouldn’t work out financially because the network would lose money.

Admittedly, the series has been down in the ratings but this has been due, at least in part, to ABC’s actions. The network has switched the series’ timeslot several times over the years and has put it opposite ratings powerhouse American Idol many times this season. Though many viewers have complained that the series had run its course, George Lopez has proven to be a reliable quick fix when the network had a schedule hole to fill. The sitcom consistently out-performed other sitcoms in similar timeslots – including Notes from the Underbelly, which incidentally has been renewed for next year.

Lopez believes the cancellation is due in part to the fact that Warner Bros. Television produces his series rather than ABC Television Studios. Some of ABC’s new series, like the one based on the Geiko cavemen commercials, are produced in-house.

With colorful language, Lopez told the LA Times of his frustration, “I get kicked out for a…caveman and shows that I out-performed because I’m not owned by [ABC Television Studios]…So a…Chicano can’t be on TV but a…caveman can? And a Chicano with an audience already? You know when you get in this [TV series business] that shows do not last forever, but this was an important show and to go unceremoniously like this hurts. One hundred seventy people lost their jobs.”

It’s also unfortunate that, because the season-ending episode (now series finale) was taped and aired before the news, neither the cast and crew nor the audience will have a chance to say goodbye. It’s a personal thing to Lopez who said, “They dealt with us from the bottom of the deck, which is hard to take after what was a good run.” TV Series Finale home page

 

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Anonymous April 13, 2011 at 8:49 am

I find it funny that if someone makes fun of another person race then it is funny but if you a person makes fun of his or her own race than that is the end of the world. Mr. Lopez took the stereotypes from all races that lived in America and made them funny while providing a lesson in his shows. Why does everyone have to hate, life is short worry about how you live it and not how everyone else does.

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Anonymous May 26, 2010 at 10:23 am

y did u end george lopez????? i hate all ppl who hate g.l. he iz de funniest guy in de universe. ABS sucks!!!

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Hispanichic March 11, 2010 at 12:22 am

I thought the show was ridiculous. Lopez’s role was to act as chauvinistic as possible while still trying to be somewhat lovable. It was stupid. His “I Got This!” statements just showed the character to be shallow, uncompromising, and unwilling to accept his own human fallibility. Lopez is much deeper than they wrote him to be for this role, and as a proud Hispanic woman, I never took this show to be showing my race successful. There were always money problems, there was little to no focus on education, multiple members of the family were addicts or had learning disabilities…it was stereotypical BS, and I was so glad it was canceled. It’s good to see Lopez moving on to something where he has more creative control and he’s not the title character for the biggest racist show on TV since Archie Bunker retired his chair.

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Nachos315 February 9, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Did anybody notice that his career didn’t totally take off until after the sitcom was cancelled. His standup is much better than the sitcom.

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Angie September 28, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Why do you think there are hardly any Hispanic doctors or lawyers. Most people don’t even agree with you but you post only the comments you like.

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Angie September 28, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Oh what, you too pussy to put my comment? I”ok club you bytch.

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Angie September 28, 2009 at 4:25 pm

George lopez is a racist and has no place on tv. If you don’t see why jokink about clubbing white people is wrong then you have a cognitive disability.

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Virginia Mariposa September 21, 2009 at 6:01 pm

When I turned on my TV to watch THE GEORGE LOPEZ SHOW tonight to find The Simpsons; I was crushed. This show always gave me the belly laughs that made life bearable amid all the depressing stuff on the news. It also dealt with crucial family issues and marital issues that helped people improve their lives and their family life. It is a crime to cancel this show!! I’m a screenplay writer and a novelist; I know good drama and comedy when I see it and The Lopez Show combined the two, which is not an easy trick!

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joel September 3, 2009 at 2:57 am

wow to think they cancelled the george lopez show to put on another show that didnt even last a whole season and they was woriried about the george lopez show making abc lose money.. they hated on one of the greatest comedians today… they should atleast give gabriel iglesias his own show so we can atleast have a hispanic or latino show on tv

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michelle August 16, 2009 at 9:13 pm

i love george lopez his the best comedian none to man! his show shouldnt have stoped playing! it was great and it alwys made me lauph :(

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summer August 11, 2009 at 8:06 pm

): george lopez is epically hilarious and i admire him for all he’s achieved, i wish the show got the respect and credit it really deserves

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Randy Maraj July 21, 2009 at 6:43 pm

NO! i love this show i am watching it on nick at night this is messed up!

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angie October 14, 2008 at 5:21 pm

NAH UH THIS HO NEEDS TO LEAVE GEORGE LOPEZ ALONE, YOUR TALKIN SOME MAD S**T… ALL I KNOW IS THAT WAS A BAD A$$ SHOW & THE REASON WHY HE’S UPSET IS BECAUSE HE GAVE THAT SHOW HIS EVERYTHING & THEM CORPORATE A$$HOLES F***ED HIM OVER BY THROWING IT OUT LIKE IT WAS NOTHING. YOU BETTER RECOGNIZE TRAMP… BECAUSE WHEN ANOTHER RACE IS LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM.. THAT IS SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF & TO GET PISSED ABOUT WHEN INCONSIDERATE CLOWNS STEP ALL OVER IT!!! B****!!!

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