George Lopez signs deal to return to television with Debmar-Mercury

By Daniel S Levine,
Lopez will star in an untitled family comedy
George Lopez at a press conference for Carnival Cruise Lines. (NYC)

Comedian George Lopez is ready to return to the world of family sitcoms, which he left after his hit ABC show ended in 2007. Lopez signed a deal to work with Debmar-Mercury and it will follow the company’s famous 10 to 90 episode deal.

According to Deadline, Lopez agreed with the Lionsgate Television subsidiary to co-create and star in a family sitcom about a Latino family, although no other details about it have been reported. Lopez will also executive produce with his manager, Michael Rotenberg of 3 Arts.

As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the deal is similar to the same agreement Lionsgate agreed to with Tyler Perry and Charlie Sheen for their shows. The studio guarantees that 10 episodes will be made and, if those are successful, an additional 90 will be made.

Lopez starred in his self-titled sitcom, George Lopez for ABC, which ran for six seasons from 2002 to 2007, with 120 episodes produced. The show has since gone on to success in syndication.

After that, Lopez hosted Lopez Tonight, which TBS aired after Conan. While Conan has been incredibly successful, Lopez Tonight did not attract a sizable audience and was cancelled last year.

While sources have confirmed the deal to Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter, Lopez and Debmar-Mercury have not commented. There was also no word on what the new show would be titled or when production would start.

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