Sorry to see George go?
This just in: TBS is pulling the plug on comedian George Lopez’s late-night talk show after two seasons. On Wednesday, the network abruptly announced that tomorrow’s episode of Lopez Tonight will be the show’s last….ever.
So what gives?
Ratings, it seems, are at the root of the issue. George’s audience plummeted 40% to 546,000 viewers per night this season. A TBS spokesperson describes the decision to bring down the axe on Lopez as a “difficult” one.
“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.”
TBS broke into late night by launching Lopez’s show in the summer of 2009. But the comic soon saw his timeslot switched and his ratings slipping after the cable channel snatched up Tonight Show castaway Conan O’Brien after his fallout with NBC the following year. (Ironically, O’Brien gave The Peacock the finger when that network tried to switch his timeslot by re-inserting Jay Leno at 11:30.) Conan will continue with the network as part of O’Brien’s multi-year deal with TBS.
Of course, this isn’t the first time George has found himself on the outs with his parent network. The newly-divorced “Latin King of Comedy” was livid when ABC yanked his self-titled sitcom, The George Lopez Show, from the airwaves in 2007.
“TV just became really, really white again,” the first Latino to lead a television series successfully retorted that May.
TBS will air Lopez Tonight reruns for the next few weeks and will then substitute with reruns of The Office.