George Lopez (TV series)


George Lopez (TV series)

"The George Lopez Show" redirects here. For the late-night program hosted by the same comedian, see Lopez Tonight.

George Lopez
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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 George and Carmen Lopez.
Genre Sitcom
Created by Bruce Helford
George Lopez
Robert Borden
Starring George Lopez
Constance Marie
Masiela Lusha
Valente Rodriguez
Luis Armand Garcia
Aimee Garcia
Emiliano Díez
Belita Moreno
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
Language(s) 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, Nickelodeon (syndicated), ION Television (syndicated)
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Original run March 27, 2002 (2002-03-27) – May 10, 2007 (2007-05-10)
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.

Contents

Synopsis

The show stars George Lopez as manager of Powers Brothers Aviation (originally Powers & Sons Aviation), an airplane parts factory. He is married to Angie Palmero (Constance Marie). They have a rebellious and beautiful daughter, Carmen (Masiela Lusha), and a precocious son, Max (Luis Armand Garcia). They all live together in Los Angeles, California.

George had a difficult childhood. He was abandoned by his father, Manny Lopez, and further mistreated and traumatized by a careless, abusive, chain smoking, alcoholic mother, Benita "Benny" Lopez (Belita Moreno). She usually criticizes Angie's cooking and parenting skills. George and Benny's adult relationship mainly consists of the two of them trading insults about each other, mainly referring to George's childhood (one example being how George was forced to eat a chair because Benny did not feed him). They appear to care for each other, and George has admitted his feelings for Benny in some episodes. Benny works at Powers Brothers Aviation, as does George's best friend, Ernesto "Ernie" Cardenas (Valente Rodriguez), who is mostly luckless in the dating area and still lives with his obese mother.

George's father-in-law, Dr. Victor "Vic" Palmero (Emiliano Diez),thinks Angie should have married someone better than George, but as the series progresses, he begins to respect and accept him. George always tries to catch his children getting in trouble when they misbehave, whether it be by confronting them straight on, or sneakily investigating, then punishing them later. It is still always shown that George loves and cares deeply for his family.

Production

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. Lusha did appear in the 2007 season premiere, when her character left to attend college in Vermont. She was replaced by Aimee Garcia as George's niece, Veronica. When the show first aired on ABC a few episodes were rated TV-14 for language, violence, and strong profanity in Spanish. Nick at Nite changed every episode to TV-PG. When ION started airing reruns, most episodes were rated TV-PG-D-L, with the exception of "A Pain in the Ash", which was rated TV-14-L.

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

Characters

Cast

Actor/Actress Character Season
George Lopez George Lopez All Seasons
Constance Marie Angelina "Angie" Lopez (née Palmero) All Seasons
Belita Moreno Benita "Benny" Lopez (née Diaz) All Seasons
Masiela Lusha Carmen Consuelo Lopez Seasons 1-6 Regular ; last appears in first episode of Season 6
Luis Armand Garcia Maximillian "Max" Lopez 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 Palmero Season 5 Recurring; Season 6 Regular

Episodes

Nielsen ratings

Season (EDT) Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale Ranking Viewers
(in millions)
1 2001-02 Wednesday, 8:30 4 March 27, 2002 April 17, 2002 #70[2] 9.0[2]
2 2002–03 24 October 2, 2002 May 14, 2003 #50[3] 10.4[3]
3 2003–04 Friday 8:00 28 September 26, 2003 May 21, 2004 #96[4] 7.44[4]
4 2004–05 Tuesday 8:30 24 September 28, 2004 May 17, 2005 #79[5] 7.2[5]
5 2005–06 Wednesday 8:00 22 October 5, 2005 April 12, 2006 #82[6] 7.2[6]
6 2006–07 18 January 24, 2007 May 8, 2007 #95[7] 6.1[7]

Syndication

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.

DVD release

On April 17, 2007, Warner Home Video released seasons 1 and 2 on DVD in Region 1.

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 first, second, and third seasons have also been published on iTunes.[11] It is unknown whether the remaining seasons will be released. Also, according to Amazon.com, the third season is set to be released, however no release date has been announced.

Awards

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

  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. http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/2002/2002-05-28-year-end-chart.htm. Retrieved 02-12-2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Rank And File". Entertainment Weekly Published in issue #713 Jun 06, 2003. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,455439,00.html. 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. http://web.archive.org/web/20070930171419/http://www.abcmedianet.com/Web/progcal/dispDNR.aspx?id=060204_11. Retrieved 02-12-2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Primetime series". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. May 27, 2005. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000937471. Retrieved 02-12-2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. May 26, 2006. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002576393. Retrieved 02-12-2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ a b "2006-07 primetime wrap". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. May 25, 2007. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/features/e3ifbfdd1bcb53266ad8d9a71cad261604f?pn=21. Retrieved 02-12-2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ http://blog.sitcomsonline.com/2011/09/ion-television-fall-2011-schedule-now.html
  9. ^ "George Lopez at Nick At Nite". Nick At Nite. http://www.nickatnite.com/shows/georgelopez/index.jhtml. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  10. ^ Albiniak, Paige (2008-04-13). "'Lopez' A Sleeper Hit". broadcastingcable.com. http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/113266-_Lopez_A_Sleeper_Hit.php. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  11. ^ http://www.apple.com/search/ipoditunes/?q=George+Lopez Under Section "TV Shows". Retrieved on July 29, 2009.

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