George Lopez (TV series)

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George Lopez
GeorgeLopezsitcomcast.jpg
The season 4 cast of George Lopez (from left to right), Valente Rodriguez as Ernie Cardenas, Constance Marie with Luis Armand Garcia as Angie and Max Lopez, Emiliano Díez as Vic Palmero, Belita Moreno as Benny Lopez, George Lopez, and Masiela Lusha as Carmen Lopez.
Genre Sitcom
Created by Bruce Helford
George Lopez
Robert Borden
Starring George Lopez
Constance Marie
Valente Rodriguez
Masiela Lusha
Luis Armand Garcia
Belita Moreno
Emiliano Díez
Aimee Garcia
Theme music composer Thomas Allen, Harold Ray Brown, Morris Dickerson, Gerald Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan, Lee Levitin, Charles Miller, and Howard E. Scott
Opening theme "Low Rider",
performed by War
Ending theme Instrumental closing theme, composed by Nicholas "Aqua" McCarrell (select episodes of seasons 2–6 seen in syndication)
Composer(s) W.G. Snuffy Walden (season 1)
Nicholas "Aqua" McCarrell (seasons 2–6)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) Spanish
English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 120 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Bruce Helford
Deborah Oppenheimer
Sandra Bullock (all; entire run)
Robert Borden (season 1-6)
Dave Caplan (seasons 3–6)
Mark Torgove &
Paul A. Kaplan
George Lopez (all; seasons 2–6)
Camera setup Film; Multi-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Fortis Productions
Mohawk Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Original run March 27, 2002 (2002-03-27) – May 8, 2007 (2007-05-08)
External links
Website

George Lopez (also known as The George Lopez Show) is an American sitcom starring comedian George Lopez. The show originally aired on ABC from March 27, 2002, to May 8, 2007.

Synopsis[edit]

The comedy revolves around a fictionalized portrayal of George Lopez, working at the Power Bros. aviation factory and raising his family consisting of his wife Angie, his daughter Carmen, and his son, Max, after having endured a dysfunctional and unhappy childhood at the hands of his alcoholic, remorseless mother Benny, who is portrayed as careless and unloving. Other characters include Angie's indulgent father Vic Palmero, a wealthy doctor, and George's closest childhood friend Ernie Cardenas, noted for his fecklessness at dating and his socially awkward behavior. After Carmen's departure from the series, the role fulfilled by her character was replaced with Angie's overindulged niece Veronica, with a large trust fund that has been entrusted under George's care.

Multiple storylines in the series are established through the unveiling of a secret guarded by Benny throughout George's whole childhood, most notably the discovery that his father Manny is still alive after George had been convinced by his mother that he had died. Throughout a majority of the program, George tries to locate the whereabouts of his father, who was introduced at last in one episode and was revealed to be a rather rude, yet successful businessman, having remarried with his second lover Lydia and fathered a few more children. However, Manny's personality was commonly depicted as being uncaring towards his son and former wife in the few appearances that he made, before his death in one episode of kidney disease. Nonetheless, he prohibits his son's family from attending his funeral in protection of his reputation, much to George's anger.

Production[edit]

For the first five seasons, the show had an all-Latino cast with the exception of Albanian American actress Masiela Lusha, who played George's daughter Carmen. George Lopez said that due to creative differences between him and Lusha, Lusha's character was written out of the show after Season 5. During the show's last season, Aimee Garcia was cast as George's niece, Veronica.

On May 15, 2007, the series ended after airing its 120th episode.[1] The final episode aired on May 8. Nightly episode re-runs continue to air on various networks both in the United States and abroad.

Characters[edit]

Cast[edit]

Actor/Actress Character Season
George Lopez George Edward Lopez All Seasons
Constance Marie Angelina "Angie" Lopez (née Palmero) All Seasons
Belita Moreno Benita "Benny" Lopez (née Diaz) All Seasons
Masiela Lusha Carmen Consuela Lopez Seasons 1-5 Regular; last appears in first episode of Season 6
Luis Armand Garcia Maxwell "Max" Victor Roberto Magic Johnson Lopez (Reference Season 5-Episode 20 for "Full Legal Name") All Seasons
Valente Rodriguez Ernesto "Ernie" Cardenas All Seasons
Emiliano Díez Victor "Vic" Palmero Seasons 2–3 Recurring; Seasons 4–6 Regular
Aimee Garcia Veronica Ann Palmero Season 5 Recurring; Season 6 Regular

Episodes[edit]

Nielsen ratings[edit]

Season Time slot (ET) Episodes Season premiere Season finale Ranking Viewers
(in millions)
1 2001–02 Wednesday 8:30 pm 4 March 27, 2002 April 17, 2002 70th[2] 9.0[2]
2 2002–03 24 October 2, 2002 May 14, 2003 50th[3] 10.4[3]
3 2003–04 Friday 8:00 pm 28 September 26, 2003 May 21, 2004 96th[4] 7.4[4]
4 2004–05 Tuesday 8:30 pm 24 September 28, 2004 May 17, 2005 79th[5] 7.2[5]
5 2005–06 Wednesday 8:00 pm 22 October 5, 2005 April 12, 2006 82nd[6] 7.2[6]
6 2006–07 18 January 24, 2007 May 8, 2007 95th[7] 6.1[7]

Syndication[edit]

The show entered syndication one month after the series finale on ABC, and is distributed by Warner Bros. Television Distribution. The show aired in broadcast syndication on independent stations, and affiliates of Fox, The CW and MyNetworkTV as well as The CW Plus stations in the United States from 2007-2011 and on Telelatino in Canada. The show moved to ION Television on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011.[8]

On March 8, 2007, it was announced that George Lopez would join the Nick at Nite lineup. It first aired on Nick at Nite on September 10, 2007 – it was the most current non-original show to air on Nick at Nite[9] (until it was announced that Everybody Hates Chris would join the lineup). To this date, it continues to be their highest rated series and one of cable's best for an off-network sitcom.

Never a major hit in primetime, the show became an unexpected success in syndication. Many markets also moved the show from overnight timeslots to more desirable ones.[10]

Episodes from the first four seasons of George Lopez do not use those respective seasons' opening titles, the season five version is used instead (this is evident as Emiliano Diez is credited in the sequence, which is slightly longer than how they were originally broadcast on ABC, though there is also a short version also used in syndication that also differs from the original short opening credits that does not credit him for seasons 1-3, even though Diez did not make his first guest appearance until season two and did not become a cast regular until season four); the final two seasons use those seasons' appropriate versions of the opening credits.

On MTV Tr3s, the show premiered on the network's redebut July 12, 2010 and reruns are being shown there.

On ION Television, the show premiered on the network's Sunday marathon starting on October 2, 2011. But then, was later pulled off their schedule.

DVD releases[edit]

On April 17, 2007, Warner Home Video released seasons 1 and 2 on DVD in Region 1. After nearly six years since the release of the first and second seasons, Warner Bros. released the third season on July 16, 2013.[11]

DVD Name Release Date Ep # Additional Information
The Complete First and Second Seasons April 17, 2007 28 Bonus features include "Inside the Comedic Mind" featurette and Gag reel.

The theme song "Low Rider" has been replaced due to licensing costs. George Lopez came in with the producers to record a new theme.

The Complete Third Season July 16, 2013 28 TBA

The complete series has also been published on iTunes in high definition. The theme song "Low Rider" is intact in the iTunes version.[12]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient
2003 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top TV Series Thomas Allen, Harold Ray Brown, Morris Dickerson, Gerald Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan, Lee Levitin, Charles Miller, and Howard E. Scott
2005 Emmy Award Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series Judi Giovanni and John Shaffner
For episodes "Leave it to Lopez"/"The Simple Life"/"Trouble in Paradise"
2003 Imagen Awards Best Primetime Comedy Series – Television
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2004 Best Supporting Actress in a Television Comedy Belita Moreno
Best Primetime Series – Comedy
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Best Actress in a Television Comedy Constance Marie
Best Actor in a Television Comedy George Lopez
2003 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Masiela Lusha
Best Family Television Series (Comedy or Drama)
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2004 Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Masiela Lusha

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2007 Cancelled Shows: ABC Cuts Some Beloved Series, TV Series Finale, May 15, 2007
  2. ^ a b "How did your favorite show rate?". USA Today. May 28, 2002. Retrieved 02-12-2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Rank And File". Entertainment Weekly Published in issue #713 Jun 06, 2003. June 6, 2003. Retrieved 02-12-2010. 
  4. ^ a b "I. T. R. S. Ranking Report: 01 Thru 210". ABC Medianet. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 02-12-2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Primetime series". The Hollywood Reporter (Nielsen Business Media). May 27, 2005. Retrieved 02-12-2010.  [dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Series". The Hollywood Reporter (Nielsen Business Media). May 26, 2006. Retrieved 02-12-2010.  [dead link]
  7. ^ a b "2006-07 primetime wrap". The Hollywood Reporter (Nielsen Business Media). May 25, 2007. Retrieved 02-12-2010.  [dead link]
  8. ^ Posted by Pavan -- SitcomsOnline.com (2011-09-12). "ION Television Fall 2011 Schedule Now Has George Lopez; Centric Weekend Marathons - SitcomsOnline.com News Blog". Blog.sitcomsonline.com. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  9. ^ "George Lopez at Nick At Nite". Nick At Nite. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  10. ^ Albiniak, Paige (2008-04-13). "'Lopez' A Sleeper Hit". broadcastingcable.com. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "George Lopez DVD news: Announcement for George Lopez - The Complete 3rd Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  12. ^ Under Section "TV Shows". Retrieved on July 29, 2009.

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