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FX Greenlights New George Lopez Series

Lionsgate/Debmar-Mercury Secures 10/90 Episode Deal For Series 4/18/2013 11:50 AM Eastern

Actor/Comedian George Lopez will return to primetime TV in a new FX comedy series, the network announced Thursday.

The series, Saint George, stars Lopez as a recently divorced, Mexican-American entrepreneur who struggles to balance his personal life with his business endeavors while teaching night school history class, said FX. Saint George marks Lopez’s first starring role in a sitcom since his long-running ABC series, George Lopez.

FX has ordered 10 episodes of Saint George from Lionsgate Television distribution company Debmar-Mercury, which will balloon to a 90-episode order if the series meets certain ratings thresholds. The deal is similar to such other Debmar-Mercury shows as Anger Management, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Meet The Browns.

“George Lopez is an incredibly gifted actor-producer and one of the most talented comedians in the business,” said Chuck Saftler, Executive Vice President for FX Networks in a statement. “The 10/90 model requires a unique individual who has the ability to pull off this kind of daunting schedule. George is that guy and we couldn’t be happier that he chose FX as the home for his new project.”