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Why You Rarely Hear From George Lopez Anymore

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After all of George Lopez’s experience in stand-up comedy and sitcom production, it was only natural that he would combine his love of social commentary and comedy for a late-night talk show. In 2009, George Lopez began hosting his own late night talk show entitled “Lopez Tonight” on TBS. It aired Monday through Thursday and ran for two seasons. During season two, Conan O’Brien’s show threatened to move Lopez’s time slot to midnight. O’Brien wasn’t exactly happy with that (via The Atlantic), but Lopez championed it and thought it was okay to push it back. He was fighting for an audience with ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, and that time slot was already very competitive.

However, the competition proved too great as Lopez’s viewership dropped by nearly 40%, according to a USA Today report. Like the cancellation of “George Lopez,” finances were cited by TBS as a reason for the late-night show’s cancellation, even though Lopez’s budget was already much smaller than that of O’Brien, Fallon, and other popular comedians.

According to a report by Salon, another reason Lopez Tonight didn’t work was that it was originally created as a tester for TBS to see if they could compete in the late-night arena. Once they got O’Brien into their lineup, he was the real draw for late-night entertainment while Lopez became an unnecessary expense for the network. Of all the reasons Lopez Tonight failed, O’Brien’s appearance on TBS ended up being the biggest.



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