A Minute With: George Lopez on his new TV talk show

Thu Oct 29, 2009 7:12am EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Comedian George Lopez is about to enter a world in turmoil by competing for American TV viewers against the likes of Jay Leno, David Letterman and Conan O'Brien with his own nightly talk show.

In recent months, O'Brien replaced Leno at "The Tonight Show," and Leno launched his own talk series in a 10 p.m. time slot normally reserved for hour-long dramas. Then Letterman made headlines when he was the victim of a blackmail attempt and admitted to having sexual affairs with women co-workers.

Now, Lopez is entering the fray, two years after his sitcom "George Lopez" was canceled. The hour-long "Lopez Tonight" will launch on November 9 on cable network TBS, and the comedian told Reuters the time is ripe for a talk show hosted by a Latino like himself:

Q: TBS has said your show will be like a street party. What does that mean to you, a street party?

A: "Probably what it means to TBS is that it's going to be safe and a lot of fun and properly lit. A street party to me means it's dark, it's fun, you stay after the party, and you just try to condense as much fun into that one hour."

Q: You were once a disc jockey for an L.A. radio station. Will any of that experience help you on this talk show?

A: Yes. Let me tell you this, I already went through this with the TV (sitcom) show. Radio is really difficult to do. ... I think if you were to ask Howard Stern, I think he would probably tell you that there isn't a more divisive, backbiting business that you could ever run into. I wasn't prepared for any of that when I had the opportunity to do radio, but what I learned in those 10 months surrounded by those people served me well when I did my sitcom, because I didn't freak out.

... And when they fired me (from the radio station), it's funny because my cardboard cutout passed me on the way to the meeting. I thought, 'Why is that not in the lobby anymore?' Some dude had it under his arm."   Continued...

<p>Comedian George Lopez performs at the 53rd annual Thalians gala in Beverly Hills, California in this November 2, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>