George Lopez is returning to television 15 years after the end of his beloved eponymous sitcom and this time the 61-year-old comedian is going to be joined by his real-life daughter, Mayan Lopez. It was first announced that they’d be working on Lopez vs. Lopez in the summer of 2021 and now the series has officially been picked up by NBC. It is being described as a working-class family comedy about dysfunction, reconnection, and all the pain and joy in between. The project originated with Salvadoran American writer Debby Wolfe who worked on it with George and Mayan, Deadline reported, and she also wrote the pilot episode. Bruce Helford, who co-created George Lopez, helped connect Wolfe with the duo and will be one of the executive producers for the new series.
“Today was a good…. A GREAT DAY!!!! @mayanlopez WE GOT A SHOW MIJA!!!,” George posted on Instagram following the announcement. The comedian self-produced his original sitcom for ABC and it ran from 2002 to 2007.
The cast also includes Selenis Leyva, Brice Gonzalez, and Matt Shively, with Laci Mosley and Kiran Deol in recurring roles. Leyva stars as Rosie, Mayan’s mother, and George’s ex-wife, and is described as “a ball of energy who’s barely overbearing” and the self-proclaimed best insurance agent in town. Shively stars as Quinten, Mayan’s live-in boyfriend described as a kind-hearted beta male and “the bane of George’s existence. He’s also the father of Chance (Gonzalez), Mayan and Quinten’s five-year-old son whose hobbies include meditating and bulking up on green juice. Chance is also George’s favorite grandchild, if only by default. Mosley plays Mayan’s co-worker and best friend Brookie who always knows what’s trending. Deol plays Dr. Pocha, the veterinarian who employs Mayan and Brookie and is better at saving pets than talking to people.
Mayan celebrated by sharing a TikTok with the news with the text: “When you make your biggest pain into art and now your dream is coming true.” She added in the caption, “There is light after the darkness and I can’t wait to make you laugh.” In addition to starring in the series, Mayan is also a producer while George is an executive producer.
There is light after the darkness and I can’t wait to make you laugh @nbc @georgelopez @TheMattShively 🦚✨ #fyp #tv #reaction #family #latinx
This marks a major return for George on TV though he’ll be on the big screen in Blue Beetle, directed by Ángel Manuel Soto and co-starring Harvey Guillén, set to be released in 2023. Mayan already has a following of more than 600K on TikTok where she’s shared TikToks with her parents, who divorced in 2011, and participated in a Divorced Parents Q & A series.
The series premieres on Friday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m on NBC and it will also be available to stream on Peacock the next day.