TVLine Items: TBS Cancels Lopez Tonight, Emeril Spices Up Top Chef, and More

TBS has pulled the plug on the ratings-challenged Lopez Tonight.

According to a network spokesman, the caber “has reached the difficult decision not to order a third season of Lopez Tonight. We are proud to have partnered with George Lopez, who is an immensely talented comedian and entertainer. TBS has valued its partnership with George and appreciates all of his work on behalf of the network, both on and off the air.”

This Thursday’s episode of Lopez Tonight will be its last.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Bam! Top Chef is switching things up in Season 9: Food Network star Emeril Lagasse has joined Bravo’s reality staple as a new judge, along with lesser-known chef Hugh Acheson (who has been seen on Top Chef Masters). Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, and Gail Simmons will return as judges as well. Chef, which returns this fall, will no longer focus on just one location, opting instead to feature three cities in Texas.

• Sarah Paulson (Studio 60) will reprise her role as Lynette’s (onetime) loser sister during Desperate Housewives‘ final season, TV Guide Magazine reports.

• The Gilmore Girls brain trust is at it again: Amy Sherman-Palladino is teaming with Ryan Seacrest Productions and Weinstien Co. on a TV version of The Nanny Diaries for ABC, Deadline reports. Based on the 2002 novel, Diaries was previously developed into a 2007 feature film, starring Scarlett Johannson.

The Young and the Restless‘ Michael Graziadei has landed a recurring role on Ryan Murphy’s upcoming FX drama, American Horror Story. Per Deadline, the daytime star will play the much younger boyfriend of Jessica Lange’s nosy neighbor character.

• A Bewitched reboot is in the works, courtesy of CBS and Sony TV. The project is still in the very early stages of development, but per Variety, Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher — the couple behind the 2005 film version — are set to executive-produce.

• A Frankenstein series is also in the making over on NBC, per The Hollywood Reporter. House exec producers Russel Friend and Garret Lerner will pen the script for the modern-day take on the classic.

• Zachary Abel will appear in the third episode of The CW’s new supernatural drama The Secret Circle (which premieres Thursday, Sept. 15), reports. The Make It or Break It alum will play a hot jock vying for the affections of Britt Robertson’s witchy teen, Cassie.

• Lifetime has given an eight-episode order to America’s Supernanny, a U.S. version of ABC’s former Brit hit. The cabler is currently holding a casting call for the latest childcare miracle worker.

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  1. topoopon says:

    Just don’t touch Conan!

    • Esaul says:

      Agreed. I’m sure they won’t though.

    • Bob says:

      It’s all Conan’s fault.

      • Esaul says:

        Hardly. Maybe provide some evidence to support this instead of making a baseless claim. Conan refused to join TBS and take George’s timeslot unless George was okay with it. Clearly he was, since George himself told Conan to come to TBS. Those are the facts.

        • Kermonk says:

          You weren’t there – you have no idea what happened. We only know the PR which was released.

        • Sparky says:

          Conan was riding a huge publicity wave after the Tonight Show fiasco and TBS was the first maybe only one in there to sign him and bring that fan base to the network. If anyone honestly thinks that George Lopez wasn’t told that he had to move to make way for someone who could add to the ratings and revenue for the network is delusional. If it didn’t really matter what time his show was on at then why bother moving George. In the end Conan is as guilty as Leno for doing what he did Lopez.

      • Carrie says:

        George Lopez said publicly that he welcomed Conan to TBS and was happy to have him as a lead-in. Maybe he thought Conan’s show would give his a boost in the ratings, but I don’t think they attract the same audience and he never got the ratings that Conan does, even in the earlier timeslot. I do think it’s pretty uncool of the network to announce that his show is cancelled and then end it so abruptly. A lot of people just lost their jobs and I wonder if they received any notice at all.

      • Bob says:

        Why do you think Conan decided to leave NBC rather than be moved to 12:05AM? Because it’s a dead zone. Kimmel does OK, but if ABC had anything remotely decent to put there, he’d be out the door, too. You can’t compete against Letterman, Kimmel and, ugh, Leno all occupying that time slot. Something had to give and it was Lopez.

        As for the “George fully supported Conan and the move to midnight” nonsense, you must also believe the press releases from corporations when a high-profile executive suddenly leaves for “personal” or “family” or “fill in any excuse” reason (uh, they were fired). Lopez didn’t have any option but to support the changes, or he would have been fired back then.

  2. l says:

    :-O wha-what!? Why?

    but at least Conan is still on…don’t you dare cancel conan!!

  3. line says:

    NO Amy Sherman-Palladino don’t do another show..make a Gilmore girls movie happen!!!

  4. Mariah says:

    I read somewhere that The CW was going to develop a reboot of Sabrina The Teenage Witch. It would be nice, because they want comedies for next season, plus, I used to love the show. It was hilarious.

    • J says:

      this comment really excited me! I loved that show growing up! Hopefully it will be more like the high school version before the whole network switch

  5. nicky says:

    God, can’t they just internationally stop this whole supernanny crap? I can’t believe the Americans are buying into that. Gah.

  6. Aaron says:

    Wow! I guess having Conan as a lead-in, couldn’t even save him. Was he that bad?

  7. jrs says:

    Thank gawd Lopez is off. Not that I ever did, or ever would watch him. But, now I won’t have to mute the TV every time his commercials and that braying voice come on.

  8. jenna says:

    confused about this new top chef judging line up, does this mean theres no more gail simmons and tom collichio?

    • xwiseguyx says:

      Tom and Gail will be back as will Padma (sp)… I read this elsewhere in our local paper. BTW, on Top Chef masters, Hugh’s commentary about his competition was hysterical… he will be a fantastic edition to this show.

  9. John Berggren says:

    Too bad for George Lopez & crew. He was a really good sport with Conan arriving. It’s unfortunate that he’d be leaving so soon thereafter.

  10. Chris says:

    Those who wish to know how Conan is doing:

    Currently he is pulling around 700,000 viewers a night give or take. I haven’t seen him make over 1 million in several several months. He pulls around a 0.4-0.5 average in the 18-49 Demo with some 0.3’s sneaking in every so often. I haven’t seen him pull a 0.6 or higher since the beginning of 2011. Yes it has gotten THAT bad. He looses constantly to the Comedy Central hour ever sense the beginning of the year as well.

    Lopez was doing even WORSE since Conan was doing bad pulling 0.1s and 0.2’s.

    • Esaul says:

      You also have to keep in mind that not everyone gets TBS, which is a bit of a factor. I’ve seen a lot of Conan fans complain how they can’t watch him since they don’t get that channel. Also, not everyone knows where that channel is, as Conan pointed out very early on in his show. It’s not Conan’s fault that George is losing his show. If anything, Conan PROLONGED George’s cancellation.

      • Chris says:

        Conan’s core audience is in their 20s. If a 20 year old person can’t find a TV station being tech savvy then that sounds like a huge personal problem to me. Comedy Central is in LESS homes than TBS yet Conan still falters ratings wise. People KNOW he is on. Look how well his premiere week was? He was pulling 0.8’s at one point. It’s not that they can’t find him, it’s that they aren’t watching at all.

  11. raveng says:

    Now that the networks are rehashing old shows,(Dallas,Hawaii 5-0, now Bewitch)I would love to see Jeannie back on the screen, The-X-Files(nope, Fringe is not) and The Jeffersons.

  12. Ben A. says:

    It is Conan’s fault. George was OK until TBS made him move for Conan. TBS wanted George gone before he started blaming Conan the same way that Conan blamed Jay. You know the deal, George starts attacking Conan, Conan does his “Why me, Lord?” crybaby routine with backup from Andy Richter, and then it gets ugly. Conan sucks as a lead in and his ego refuses to let him admit it. That is probably why his old bandleader, Max Weinberg of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band left and went back to New Jersey. Max knew that there would be trouble. They would both be gone, but Conan’s contract is in the way of TBS canceling him. Maybe George should take his show to ?

    • Esaul says:

      Get your facts straight. TBS was going to cancel George before Conan even joined. Conan is not at fault for being a decent human being.

      • Miffy says:

        Wrong, Esaul. Do you work for Conan? You’re littering all the message boards with falsehoods. Lopez Tonight at this point last year was getting ratings only a shade below what Conan gets in the slot this year.

        Conan is at fault for pushing out Leno, and he’s at fault for pushing out Lopez and causing the premature cancellation of his show.

  13. Scott says:

    Maybe George Lopez just isn’t funny? Anybody ever think of that?

    • Tusk says:

      I’ve tried every once in awhile to watch him, but his monologue delivery would make me switch channels:

      Joke, pause…widen eyes and scan audience (signal, clap now)

      …I know they(late night hosts) all ‘mug’ as a pacing for their monologues, but the way Lopez did it was off putting to me.

      His interviewing style also exposed how minimal those intreviewing skills were.

      Then again, I was never a fan of his sit-com either so, maybe I was biased going in.

  14. Kristal says:

    What I want to know now, is Michael Graziadei going to be leaving Y&R? Daniel is one of my favourite characters. It would be a lost to replace him.

  15. sonya says:

    I loved George and watched his show every night. I never watch conan he is just not funny. So like fox news tbs will be another network I will never watch.

  16. topoopon says:

    I think that link you gave is broken or sommat. All I get is a redirect. Sorry.