Wednesday, May 20, 2009

George Lopez: Just what the world needs, another talk show

Pardon Talk Show News for sighing deeply when we heard that George Lopez will be headlining a new late night talk show this fall, for TBS. We spend enough time updating the lineups page as it is.

Presenting at the upfronts, Lopez showed a comic video featuring President Barack Obama. Reports the New York Times: "You need to change late night," Mr. Obama tells Mr. Lopez. "That's a change I can believe in." (The bit was recorded last year, during the campaign. Presumably the prez has weightier issues to deal with right now.)

According to the Times, "Mr. Lopez offered clips of a prospective program, with guests like Eva Longoria Parker." Since Parker has already appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "Late Show with David Letterman," "Tavis Smiley," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "The View," we're not sure how many potential viewers might be clamoring to hear more from the Desperate Housewife.

At least Lopez isn't just another white male talk show host; right now, Kimmel's sidekick Guillermo is the most visible Latino in late night talk, with Chelsea Handler's Chuy Bravo a close second. Says the Times: "[Lopez] pledged to create and produce a late-night talk show that would be 'so good, Latinos will actually want to pay for cable.'"