(October 27, 2009 – Burbank, CA) - TBS’s “Lopez Tonight” is ready to get the party started as George Lopez welcomes premiere-night guests Ellen DeGeneres, Eva Longoria-Parker of “Desperate Housewives” and NBA great Kobe Bryant. The high-energy, late-night series premieres on TBS Monday, Nov. 9, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT). Additional scheduled guests for the first few weeks include Sandra Bullock, Ray Romano, Jamie Foxx, Jessica Alba, Charlie Sheen, Queen Latifah, Marc Anthony, Ted Danson, Andy Garcia, Larry David, Taylor Lautner, Oscar de la Hoya, Kelly Osbourne, Floyd Mayweather, Eva Mendes, Arsenio Hall and Kathy Griffin, among many others. Additional guests will be announced in the weeks ahead. “Lopez Tonight” will air on TBS Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. (ET/PT). The show comes to TBS from 2.2 Productions, paraMedia Inc. and Telepictures Productions. Lopez is executive producing the show with Jim Paratore (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Bonnie Hunt Show”) and Mike Gibbons (“The Late Late Show”). Michael Bearden – known for his work with stars like the late Michael Jackson – is band leader for “Lopez Tonight.” George Lopez is one of the top five highest grossing comedians in the world and now he brings his stand up skills to late-night. His groundbreaking sitcom “George Lopez” remains a hit in syndication and helped catapult Nick at Nite to one of the top ten cable networks. His 2009 comedy special “George Lopez: Tall, Dark and Chicano” was the highest rated stand-up special on HBO in five years and he received the Teen Choice Award for Favorite Comedian this year. Lopez’s feature film career continues to thrive as well. Next year, Lopez has three feature films set for release, “The Spy Next Door,” “Valentine’s Day” and “Marmaduke.” For the 2009-10 season, Telepictures Productions, an industry-leading and Emmy®-winning producer of syndicated programming (having garnered 59 Emmys in 13 years, including Outstanding Talk Show/Talk Show Host for 11 of the last 13 years), is producing eight nationally syndicated strips, including the seventh season of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the fifth season of “The Tyra Banks Show” and the 16th season of “Extra.” TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television’s top-rated comedy network. It serves as home to such original comedy series as “My Boys,” Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns,” as well as the upcoming “Neighbors from Hell”; late-night series like the upcoming “Lopez Tonight,” starring George Lopez, and “The Very Funny Show,” hosted by Tim Meadows; hot contemporary comedies like “The Office,” “My Name is Earl,” “Family Guy” and “Seinfeld”; specials like “Funniest Commercials of the Year”; special events, including star-studded comedy festivals in Chicago and Las Vegas; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
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