Saint George (Thursdays, 9/8C) is FX’s latest half-hour comedy to be produced under the 10/90 model. If the ten episodes that have been produced get the ratings, there will be ninety more. The series, about a recently divorced Latino entrepreneur with a young son, and a desire to give back to his community, premieres on Thursday, March 6th.
Series star George Lopez spoke with a group of bloggers/journalists earlier this week and talked about where the series idea and title came from, why it’s on FX, what he likes about the 10/90 model and a great deal more.
FX’s new George Lopez comedy, St. George, will premiere on Thursday, March 9th (9/8C). The series – which follows the 10/90 model used for Anger Management (if the ratings on the first 10 eps are good enough, an order for 90 more ensues) – follows the life of a newly divorced entrepreneur named George Lopez as he tries to balance the parenting demands of his All-American Anglo ex-wife against the expectations of his overbearing Mexican-American mother.
His efforts to relate to his 11-year old son are complicated by his fun-loving but freeloading uncle and cousin. And then there’s his professional life… For more details, check out the press release after the jump.
FX has closed a deal for Saint George, a new sitcom that stars George Lopez as a recently divorced working class Mexican-American balancing a number elements in his increasingly chaotic life.
The series, created by Lopez, will be produced on the same model as Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management, with an initial ten-episode order that will, should ratings warrant, be expanded to a potential total of one hundred.
The official press release, with further details, follows the jump.
The Awards Show will be co-hosted by Eva Longoria and George Lopez and will feature performances by Gloria Estefan, International Superstar Pitbull and the Zumba Dancers, and Demi Lovato. There will also be celebrity appearances by Jessica Alba, Antonio Banderas, Maria Celeste Arraras, Jake T. Austin, Benjamin Bratt, Maria Canals Barrera, Madison De La Garza, David Henrie, Eva La Rue, Mario Lopez, Oscar Nunez, Michael Pena, Aubrey Plaza, Danny Trejo, Michael Trevino, Lauren Velez, Tristan Wilds, Marcia Cross, Cote de Pablo, Felicity Huffman, Naya Rivera, Adam Rodriguez.
You’ve probably seen the trailers with the ancient Aztec ruins and the Esther Williams-like production number performed by Chihuahuas. The movie lacks the production number but the ruins play a crucial part in the proceedings. What’s really surprising is that Beverly Hills Chihuahua is a kids’ flick that will entertain the kids but has some gags that will work only for the parents.
Chloe [voiced by Drew Barrymore] is the queen of the Beverly Hills canine scene. Spoiled rotten by her owner, Vivian [Jamie Lee Curtis], Chloe is shallow, selfish and haughty – not to mention rude to Papi [George Lopez], the landscaper’s Chihuahua who loves her. That all changes when Vivian heads off to Europe for ten days, leaving Chloe in the irresponsible hands of her niece, Rachel [Piper Perabo] – who heads off to Mexico to party, dragging Chloe along.
More concerned about partying and meeting guys, Rachel lets Chloe get away from her and the poor thing is dognapped for a floating illegal dogfight enterprise. Because this is a Disney film, the dogfight never happens as Delgado [Andy Garcia], a noble German Shepherd, rescues her just before her opponent, a vicious Doberman named Diablo [Edward James Olmos] can rip her to shreds. The rest of the film is the story of Chloe and her new friend try to get her home – all the while Rachel, Papi and his owner, Sam [Manolo Cordona] are looking for them.
Director Raja Gosnell [Mrs. Doubtfire, Nine Months] keeps the pace up, giving the film the feel of a romantic farce. The voice cast is extremely good [big names are joined by animation veterans like Grey DeLisle], though Cheech Marin does a little scene stealing voicing a rat con artist who works with a dim iguana. While the film is mostly light and frothy – darkening only for brief periods [and kids love a good scare, so it’s not an issue] – it is not unintelligent. The characters are well [and sometimes cleverly] drawn and the relationships that form along the way feel very natural.
Off course, we’re taking about a talking animals film [though the animals are only understood by each other], and no one does them better than Disney. The CG work that makes the animals appear to be speaking is very good, and the practical effects are right up there, as well.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua may not quite be inspired, but it is definitely good fun – good enough to not embarrass the parents whose kids drag them along to see it.