The former ABC sitcom star is nearing a deal to create a sitcom that will follow Debmar-Mercury’s now famous 10-90 episode model
By Lacey Rose (Hollywood Reporter)
George Lopez may be heading back to TV.
The ABC sitcom star-turned-talk show host is nearing a deal with Debmar-Mercury, the Lionsgate subsidiary behind both the TylerPerry series and Charlie Sheen‘s upcoming Anger Management, multiple sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter.
The plan for a Lopez-centered sitcom, which has been brewing for many months, will operate like the others with an initial 10 episode order. If the project, which Lopez will co-create, hits a certain ratings threshold, an additional 90 will be ordered.
Those involved are banking on Lopez’s unique Latino appeal, much as they’ve relied on Perry to lure an underserved African-American demo. While the comedian struggled to find a sizable enough audience in the competitive late night space, his family comedy ran from 2002 to 2007 and has performed particularly well in syndication. Debmar declined to comment.
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