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Adios, George Lopez

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Most would think that a five-year-run on a tv series on a major network would be a huge success. Five years would especially seem successful for a show that no one ever talked about, cared about, or even noticed. One that got walloped when put up against the likes of American Idol, and had to be moved to four different time slots.

Indeed, one might think that the fact that the George Lopez show actually was on the air longer than the far more popular and controversial The Apprentice, should be reason enough for Lopez to be understanding when ABC announced that the show would no longer be picked up, but no, he's pissed.

Using colorful language that cannot be printed in a family newspaper, Lopez scoffed at another ABC pickup: "Caveman," 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 outperformed 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." - LA Times

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tells us (and therefore it must be true) that the George Lopez show was the second-longest running US sitcom starring Latino leads, only behind I Love Lucy.If Lopez really thinks that his show was "important", perhaps he can hustle it over to NBC/Universal who own Telemundo and are obviously more in tune with his built-in audience. And since NBC is dead last in the ratings, perhaps they might take a look at a demographic that they tend to ignore.