Nick at Nite Adds Two Hit Comedies: George Lopez to Join the Lineup This Fall; YouTube Predecessor America's Funniest Home Videos, Hosted By Bob Saget, to Premiere Monday, April 30
New Series Will Join Previously Announced Home Improvement, as well as Hits
Roseanne, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Cosby Show
NEW YORK, March 8 -- Nick at Nite has acquired two new hit
comedy series - George Lopez and the show that began the user-generated
content phenomenon, America's Funniest Home Videos, it was announced today
by Tom Ascheim, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Nickelodeon
Television. The network will roll out 111 half-hour episodes and two,
one-hour specials of America's Funniest Home Videos beginning Monday, April
30 at 8:30 PM (ET/PT). The reality comedy hosted by Bob Saget (1990-97)
features viewers' wacky candid videos, as Saget (Full House) does
double-duty on Nick at Nite. In addition, the network has purchased all 120
episodes of George Lopez which will premiere Fall 2007 during Hispanic
"Both series are huge favorites with families and are perfect for our
audience. Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite is a pioneer of sharing 'user-generated
content' with viewers, and America's Funniest Home Videos fit the 'UGC'
definition before the term existed," said Ascheim. "George Lopez is one of
America's funniest comedians, and he and his TV family connect with all
ages and ethnicities."
The two new series join the Nick at Nite lineup of comedies, which will
include Home Improvement, the recently added Growing Pains, the Emmy(TM)
Award-winning series The Cosby Show, Full House, The Fresh Prince of
Bel-Air and Roseanne.
George Lopez debuted on ABC in 2002 and is now in its sixth season.
Stand-up comedian George Lopez (Bread and Roses, Resurrection Blvd.) stars
as the first guy to be promoted from the assembly line to plant manager at
a Los Angeles airplane-parts factory. George's life at work and home never
gets dull, thanks to his hilariously stubborn mother Benny (Belita Moreno),
his pal Ernie (Valente Rodriguez) and his devoted wife Angie (Constance
Marie) and kids. Their dyslexic son Max (Luis Armand Garcia) is a ball of
energy, while daughter Carmen (Masiela Lusha) struggles to assert her own
independence and conquer high school hurdles. George is further tested
daily by the arrival of his newly divorced father-in-law Vic (Emiliano
Diez). The executive producers of The Drew Carey Show - Bruce Helford,
Academy Award(R) winner Deborah Oppenheimer and Robert Borden - team up
with superstar actress/producer Sandra Bullock (Miss Congeniality, 28 Days,
Speed) for this comedy loosely based on Lopez's own experiences as a
Mexican-American native of Los Angeles. George Lopez is produced by Fortis
Films, Mohawk Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros.
Television. Lopez, David A. Caplan, Paul A. Kaplan and Mark Torgove serve
as executive producers.
America's Funniest Home Videos premiered on ABC on January 14, 1990.
Bob Saget served as host for eight seasons of the timeless American TV
institution (1990-1997). Each episode features hilarious home videos that
capture unexpected mishaps, practical jokes, embarrassing moments, animal
acts and more. Bob Saget lends his extraordinary charisma and sense of
humor, tying clips together in a style all his own. He has a humorous way
of interacting with the audience and his voiceovers are truly memorable.
Now in its 17th season, America's Funniest Home Videos continues to
entertain audiences nationwide. America's Funniest Home Videos is the
longest-running entertainment program on ABC. It is produced by Vin Di Bona
Productions and is distributed by Disney's Buena Vista Television.
Disney's Buena Vista Television is the domestic distribution arm of The
Walt Disney Company, providing motion pictures and television programming
to pay cable, basic cable, video-on-demand (VOD), pay-per-view (PPV),
mobile, broadband and broadcast television. Disney's Buena Vista Television
is a wholly owned subsidiary of Disney Enterprises, Inc.
Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution is one of the leading
suppliers of programming to the pay television and basic cable
marketplaces. WBDCD is responsible for the sale, marketing and distribution
of previously produced content from the vast Warner Bros. Entertainment
library-including feature films, television series, miniseries, television
movies and specials-to basic cable and pay TV. WBDCD is also a major
licensor of feature films to the broadcast networks.
Nick At Nite is Nickelodeon's nighttime programming block that features
timeless hit comedies including the Emmy Award-winning series The Cosby
Show, the popular family comedies Full House, Growing Pains, and The Fresh
Prince of Bel-Air, as well as Roseanne, one of the most talked about and
celebrated sitcoms in television history. Nickelodeon, in its 28th year, is
the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global
business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes
television programming and production in the United States and around the
world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and
feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in almost 92
million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network
for almost 12 consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles,
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