It’s the end of an era — sort of. Stand up comedian George Lopez has been given the shaft by TBS. The network has decided to pull the plug on his daily talk show Lopez Tonight. The news came early Wednesday morning via an official press release from the network (see below.)
Lopez’s show was pushed back an hour this season, when Conan O’Brien joined the line-up last year. The cancellation of the show confuses viewers because the ratings seemed so promising. By cable standards, Lope Tonight was a fairly successful program, so what happened?
Here’s the official statement from TBS via CNN:
“TBS has reached the difficult decision not to order a third season of ‘Lopez Tonight,’” the network said in a statement. “Thursday will be the final episode of the show. 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.”
The final episode of Lopez Tonight will air August 11, which is extremely short notice for regular viewers. They’ve got one day to soak in the host before the show goes off the air for good. Perhaps, they’ll air reruns until they find another show to replace it?
Sources claim that the main reason for the network’s decision is low ratings. Ever since the second season premiered last fall, it’s been in a steady decline. That’s unfortunate because we thought TBS had a one-two punch with Conan around.
Did any of you watch Lopez Tonight? If so, who was your favorite guest? One of our favorite interviews was from summer 2010 when the cast of The A-Team came to visit. Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quentin “Rampage” Jackson and Sharlto Copley.
RIP Lopez Tonight.