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TV just got a lot 'whiter,' says a canceled George Lopez

George Lopez, the first Latino to lead a television series successfully, isn't laughing. "TV just became really, really white again," he said.

Georgelopeztp ABC, he said, has "unceremoniously" canceled his self-titled comedy, which over the years chronicled his personal life from his sad childhood growing up with an abusive grandmother, to his alcoholism and kidney transplant.

"The George Lopez Show" will live on in syndication, but that's not making Lopez feel better about not getting the chance to tell one final season of stories. Lopez said Steve McPherson, ABC president of prime-time entertainment, called him over the weekend to explain that "financially" it wasn't working out, that the network would lose money if it picked up the show again.

That explanation was painful to hear, Lopez said, considering the way the network has shuffled his show over the years -- four different time slots in five years -- and putting it up against "American Idol" time and time again.

It all contributed to the show's low ratings, a point not lost on Lopez who noted that this season his show out-performed two freshman comedies that were renewed: "Notes from the Underbelly" and "Knights of Prosperity."

"I’ll take the good and the bad," Lopez said. "I took the five years of good and I did a lot with the good. My popularity, I was involved in charities, I overcame my illness, all on TV. I shared all of that with America—every secret I had. Every personal feeling. Every emotion. Everything was open to the show. And what happens?"

Lopez said he attributed the cancellation in part to the fact that the show is produced by Warner Bros. Television, and not ABC Television Studios. Using some colorful language that cannot be printed in a family newspaper, Lopez scoffed in particular at another ABC pickup: "Cavemen," about two brothers and one best friend, described as sophisticated cave dudes living in modern-day Atlanta, who will continually find themselves at odds with contemporary society.

"I get kicked out for a...caveman and shows that I out-performed because I’m not owned by [ABC Television Studios]...So a...Chicano can't be on TV but a...caveman can?" Lopez said. "And a Chicano with an audience already? You know when you get in this that shows do not last forever, but this was an important show and to go unceremoniously like this hurts. One hundred seventy people lost their jobs."

For his part, Lopez will be fine. He has an HBO special and a movie coming in the summer, and a deal with Warner Bros. to produce television movies.

"They dealt with us from the bottom of the deck," Lopez said. "Which is hard to take after what was a good run."

** Editor's update: Whoa! Hold your fire, "ATJ" fans!

No sooner did we report the cancellation of the Jim Belushi comedy "According to Jim" that we heard from seemingly everyone who watches the show that we were wrong, wrong, wrong. Well, they may be right, the show might very well be renewed after all. But ABC won't confirm that. We'll keep checking back.

--Maria Elena Fernandez

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I enjoyed the show and still TiVo it. Lopez is funny and has touched on many important social issues that families face. The one main problem I had with it was how the granmother was portrayed. I have NEVER met a Latino mother or grandma that was selfish, a liar, and slept around.

They were always wonderful and giving women who cared very much about honor and integrity. They placed their children and husbands first and were always willing to sacrafice when necessary. This important issue concerned me with the message it sent to the non Latino audience.

Mr. Lopez sold out shows in LA. Quite a feat, considering the demography.

Geroge should have seen this coming, he must have! His show took a downward spiral over the last season. They 'jumped the shark' when they replaced the character 'Carmen' with another girl of similar age and looks, using a silly and contrived situation to do it. Then this season that new girl just vanished into thin air.
They should have focused on the running characters, instead they added the girl, the father-in-law (and his tired schtick) and such is the way with all mediocre sitcoms.
George and most of the cast were pretty good, the writing staff failed to develop any of the characters including George's. He was poorly served by the writer's room, as were the others. Sometimes I actually felt sorry for the kid playing Max, although this season they did start to treat him like a human-had they followed that tack earlier and with all of the characters they could have had a good thing going.
And first?!?!? No, meng, Chico was born in the barrio, spent most of his time out on the streets....Freddie Prinze was years before. Jose Feliciano sang the theme song. Looking good!

It’s sad to hear the show got cancelled because his was the only show on TV to have a latino actor in the lead role (outside latino networks). Whether people like it or not latinos are becoming a integral part of this country, just like every other race that has migrated here. His show not only broke barrios but portrayed latinos in a realistic light, not stereotypical roles. George, should be happy he was given that opportunity and move on to his next project.

That is so racist...I for one call for lopez to be fired....Oh wait he was...

That family was so abusive to each other, I had to finally stop watching. It had a good run, suprisingly.

I'm sick of minorities always playing the race card whenever things don't go their way. I've been fired. Unfair things have happened to me. I don't believe there is some huge conspiracy top keep me down because of my race. Yes, there are individual racists in this country. There are racists in every country and among all the races. But there is no institutionalized racism in the United States. Minorities do awfully well here. We see it all around us everyday. Your show was canceled because it wasn't making money. Just like any show full of white people would be under the same circumstances. You're being treated fairly instead of being treated special. What a concept.

When and how said that GLO represents Latinos?
It's shame for us to even think that he is one of us.
He is playing race thing just to monetary benefit from it
He is not talented, and horrible person. It's not about race. He got his chance and what did he do with it? Made a bigger list of haters.
They say that you eat what you cook, and so is he. Now feel the hate George. How does it feel to push and insult people around? Stop playing the race card because is not going to work ever again.

TV just got a little "better" by canning this terrible show, George your show was not funny in the least. I would rather watch a 30 second GEICO caveman commercial over and over than George's train wreck of a show. the Big question is how did this stay on the air as long as it did?

Seinfeld is still funny to this day.
In ten years who will remember the George Lopez show?
George Lopez thats who, no one else.

Mexican-Americans like comedies...
But not George Lopez' , cause its not funny and it suuu-ccks!

Okay, I am a minority but Lopez your show stunk. Really, you were not funny your show was not funny, Ray Romano, now his show was funny and he isn't even white. I think part of the reason you're not funny is that you insult other ethnic groups to be funny and that is not funny.

Grow up Jorge. Your show was cancelled because you suck and your comedy was old two years ago. As someone pointed out above, you're certainly no Arnez or Prinze, and certainly no Montalban.

Oh, who CARES what 'color' Lopez thinks he is? I didn't care when I watched the show (while it was funny) and I didn't care when I quit watching (because it wasn't funny; it was just bitter.)

Even when the show was funny, it's not like the show was a consistent Top 10 performer. It was ALWAYS a marginal success That's why ABC kept moving it around--they were TRYING to find a spot where it would click. And the reason Warner Bros owns the show is that Warner's is where Sandra Bullock had her deal.

Would he rather have had his show on the WB? or the CW? or whatever the heck it's called now? I mean...It would have been out of there in a year!

Be grateful for the blessings you've had, pal, instead of all this wailing and gnashing of teeth!

Well, he's got a point. TV did just get really white again. Except, of course, for lead characters in "Ugly Betty", "Grey's Anatomy", "Heroes", "Law & Order", "Desperate Housewives", "Scrubs", "Everybody Hates Chris", CBS's forthcoming Jimmy Smits show "Cane", Fox's upcoming Anthony Anderson show "K-Ville", ABC's new Gabrielle Union show "Footballers' Wives" and their Oprah Winfrey reality show, and (presumably) the next seasons of "The Amazing Race", "American Idol", "The Apprentice" et.al. Oh, and the supporting casts of "Lost", "Law & Order", "The Office", "24", the various "Law and Order"s and "CSI"s, "House", "30 Rock"....

Any way you slice it, those "huge head" flashbacks were always hilarious, if just for the visuals. Novice producer Sandra Bullock has nothing to be ashamed of, and has other jobs to pay her bills if hubby Jesse's ever short on cash.

I think George Lopez will be happy to note that Constance Marie will retain her job, and be cast as the Caveman's wife. It shouldn't be a stretch from playing Lopez's wife for 5 years! Now, that is comedy :)

TV has always been white and that will never change. Yes, occassionally they put on some shows which features one or more ethnic groups as the focus but rarely do they last long regardless of performance. He did better than shows that go renewed - if its not race what is it? studio rights? he's not funny? There are a lot of shows that aren't funny but marketed as comedy series - so that's not it. The same thing happen to My Wife & kids - it's nothing new. TV is white, the people who control the industry is white and even company supposedly marketed to ethnic groups are owned by white people. It's not a racist statement, it's reality.

I'm Caribbean-American (btw Average Joe: "Afro-Caribbean"? Where'd you hear that?)
It seems to me like a lot of people are using Lopez's undeniably rasict words to spout off some of their own. When you make rasict comments on this board, you're proving that you are no better than the person you're attacking. Please, post your opinions but there's no need to degrade yourselves by stooping to a racist level, nomatter who "did it first".

George Lopez is notorius for stealing jokes and generally has never done anything funny. As a comedian his is missing a key ingredient and that ingredient is comedy. It's about time.

Heard Trump lost his show, too. I s'pose TV just became really, really poor again.

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