TV Tidbits: George Lopez and Wanda Sykes Get New Shows

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He’s Baaaaack: Over the years FX has been know as a bastion for smaller-budget, edgier comedies (It’s Always Sunny, Louie, The League) but with Charlie Sheen‘s classic multi-cam Anger Management and now George Lopez‘ new show Saint George, we might be in for a change. Lopez made a ten-episode deal with the network, and (like Sheen’s show) if it meets ratings precedents it will get picked up for 90 more. [Deadline]

… And So Is She!: It was a lucrative day for older comedians with broad fan bases and failed TV shows: Case in point, Wanda Sykes just signed a first-look deal with NBC to develop and produce a non-scripted project. Hopefully, it will go better than Wanda At Large. [Deadline]

Giovanni Ribisi Joins Fox Comedy: Sorry, Mindy’s funny ex-boyfriend Josh from The Mindy Project — Giovanni Ribisi has stolen your thunder. TMP’s hilarious Tommy Dewey has been replaced by Ribisi in Dads, Seth MacFarlane‘s Fox comedy that already has a six episode order. This decision was made after the show’s first taping, likely due to the fact that Ribisi is close to the producers. Ouch. [Deadline]

A Rough Night For Laughs: ABC comedies struggled in the ratings last night, as American Idol and Survivor held steady. Suburgatory‘s season finale was down two tenths in its demo, with How to Live With Your Parents… also shedding about 20 percent of its viewers from last week. [TVLine]

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Television Editor Shaunna Murphy was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs of New Jersey. Largely shunned by her peers, she struck up friendships with the likes of Buffy Summers and the X-Men in their stead. After graduating from NYU where she studied political journalism, she moved to Los Angeles when she realized that writing about reality TV is a much nobler pursuit. She now lives in New York, again, with her two cats — Arya Stark and Joffrey Baratheon.

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