Surprising late night talk show news to pass along today. TBS has announced that they have cancelled the Lopez Tonight show. Not only have the announced the end of the show but they have announced that the last show will air TOMORROW night. I mean, wow … that’s fast. Despite the fact that Lopez managed to get some of the biggest celebs to appear on his show (Prince, David Beckham, Jennifer Lopez and more), TBS has apparently decided they don’t need him anymore. HMMM … I wonder if Conan O’Brien had anything to do with this decision.
The writing had been on the wall for George Lopez’s late-night show on TBS. There was speculation that TBS was planning to cancel the show last year, but Conan O’Brien insisted on Lopez sticking around so he is not perceived as the guy who got Lopez fired. So Lopez Tonight got a stay of execution but now the show, originally developed by Telepictures as a syndicated talk show, has come to an end after a two-season run. Here is the official statement from TBS: “TBS has reached the difficult decision not to order a third season of Lopez Tonight. 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.”
HMMMMMM. I can see how people might think that it might’ve been Conan’s fault if Lopez got canned last year cuz I think people may still suspect that is the case now. I don’t know how much it costs to do a show like Lopez Tonight but I can’t imagine that it’s too expensive. The audience must’ve just not been there to justify keeping the show going. I really like George Lopez and I wish he wasn’t getting the axe like this. It seems kinda harsh to give him the boot so quickly but … I guess that’s showbiz.