George Lopez hosts new late night show 'Lopez Tonight'

George Lopez hosts new late night show 'Lopez Tonight'

HONOLULU (HAWAIINEWSNOW) - He's done standup comedy, movies and even had his own sitcom. Now George Lopez is heading into new territory - late night TV. His show "Lopez Tonight" premieres next week on TBS. He joined Sunrise live via satellite Thursday morning to talk about his new show.

George Lopez is a multi-talented entertainer whose career encompasses television, film, stand-up comedy and, now, late-night television. His new late night talk show, LOPEZ TONIGHT, premieres Monday, November 9 on TBS at 9 p.m. Hawaii time. It promises to bring the excitement back to late night with a party atmosphere and a high-energy crowd every Monday through Thursday nights. Lopez also serves as executive producer.

LOPEZ TONIGHT will include guests from the worlds of entertainment, sports, pop culture and politics. The show will feature a street-party feel, with pumped-up music, audience interaction and a format that is open to change each day. Lopez cites The Arsenio Hall Show as one of his biggest influences. "It's time to get back to the kind of show that is fun for everybody to watch," he said.

While high-energy, Lopez's new series will feature a casual environment that invites guests to engage fully with the crowd, giving audience members the chance to interact with the guests, ask questions and walk away feeling as though they've experienced something new.

"There are enough heavy things going on every day that you should be able to sit down late at night, have a drink, relax and enjoy a party on television," Lopez said. "This is also going to be a place that includes everyone. There's a natural energy with everybody being there."

Musical director, keyboardist and composer Michael Bearden will serve as band leader for LOPEZ TONIGHT. Bearden has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry and was most recently the musical director for Michael Jackson's planned concert tour "This Is It."

The new talk show represents Lopez's return to series television after co-creating, writing, producing and starring in Warner Bros. Television's groundbreaking hit sitcom George Lopez, which ran for six seasons on ABC. Lopez's other credits include the movies Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Swing Vote, Henry Poole Is Here and Balls of Fury. He will next be seen starring opposite Jackie Chan in The Spy Next Door, Mr. Troop Mom, with Jane Lynch and Valentine's Day, directed by Garry Marshall. Lopez's comedy specials include America's Mexican, Why You Crying? and the recent Tall, Dark and Chicago. He was also the focus of the award-winning documentary Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream.