George Lopez talks about his career (Exclusive Interview)

“George Lopez talks about his career”
By Michael Aaron Gallagher of StayFamous.Net

As one of the most successful guys in comedy, George Lopez is returning to television with a new sitcom called Saint George. The FX series follows in the footsteps of shows like Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management with a 10/90 syndication deal, meaning that if the series achieves certain ratings benchmarks in the first 10 episodes, it will be picked up for an additional 90 episodes.

StayFamous.Net recently talked to George about his career in television and his proudest moment so far.

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “How has the landscape of television sitcoms changed since George Lopez first aired?”

George Lopez: “I think the landscape has— there’s been a lot more single-camera, you know, The Office, Modern Family has had some success. There’s also been Big Bang Theory, multi-camera, How I Met Your Mother, New Girl is single camera. There’s been a balance more of single camera and multi-camera, but back in the first show the single camera was foreign to TV. So that’s succeeded.

I think also back then there was much more reality. Like toward the end of my first run, reality TV was huge. Everything was reality TV, and it’s not as much ten years later, as it was ten years ago. Yes, so those are some of the changes that I’ve seen.”

George Lopez stars in the FX Original comedy "Saint George."
George Lopez stars in the FX Original comedy “Saint George.”

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “When you look at your career up until this point, what are you most proud of?”

George Lopez: “When I look at my career up and to this point, I think the thing that—you know, there hadn’t been a successful show with a Mexican-American star, I don’t believe in the history of TV. You know, Freddie Prinze was Puerto Rican, and Gary and then Desi Arnaz was Cuban, so as far as a Mexican-American, there had not been one. And it was named after me; those guys, their shows weren’t named after them.”

“But I think of getting the star on the Walk of Fame the day of the 100th episode, when a show really hadn’t gone past three episodes previous to that, is one. It’s hard to pinpoint that actual proudest thing, but one of the things I’m proudest of is having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, because as a 15-year-old I would go to Hollywood and we were walking through the stars, and clearly everyone imagined their name there, but no one ever thinks that that’s going to happen. So that’s been a pretty great thing.”

Saint George airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on FX.

“George Lopez talks about his career”
Copyright 2013 by Michael Aaron Gallagher
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