Obviously, FX is still interested in trying out this comedy model started up by Tyler Perry and Charlie Sheen. Why else would they be pushing forward with a new comedy starring George Lopez at this point?
The network confirmed this week that “Saint George,” which stars Lopez as an working-class entrepreneur who finds himself caught between two different parts of society, is going to launch on March 6. This series features the same aforementioned model that the network did recently with “Anger Management.” There are ten episodes that are a part of the initial order, and if those end up being a success, then another 90 will be ordered. That is a huge commitment, but it is something that works for both parties for the following reason:
-For FX, it is a way to get a ton of new programming on their network without taking too much time to develop anything. This show, when running, can churn out episodes really quickly. It also can make a ton of money in licensing.
-For George, it brings him back to the spotlight, and gives him a chance to star on a show that could end up being very funny. Also, he’ll earn a massive share of the licensing pie, as well. While “Anger Management” may be a non-factor in the ratings, it has made Sheen even richer than he already was from “Two and a Half Men.”
The only real problem that we have with these sorts are just that it almost makes it impossible for them to deliver shows that are of a high quality. Think about it: There are two episodes being filmed a week, which means that the writers are working constantly with their backs against the wall. This is like “Saturday Night Live,” but worse in that these are stories that have to make sense for at least 20 minutes straight. At least there you can break things down.
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