Reality TV looks like it's finally taking a steady backseat to actual dramas and comedies. Yes!
Remember back in the day (okay, really the early to mid-2000s), a lot of people tuned in weekly to watch ABC's The George Lopez Show? It was a great family show that focused on a Latino-American middle-class family; it even made syndication on Nick at Night. Nowadays, the entertainment mogul George Lopez is set to star in a new, 30 minute comedy series called Saint George. Not only is he the main character, but he also serves as the creator, executive producer, and writer of the series.
For the most part, The George Lopez Show and Saint George seem fairly similar, except the main character no longer has the typical nuclear family. Instead of being married, he is newly divorced from his blonde-haired, Caucasian ex-wife with whom he has an 11 year-old son. The character George is a successful Mexican-American who tries to navigate between the two worlds of his Mexican heritage and culture and the American ways. He also teaches a night class in Downtown Los Angeles.
Another memorable face in Saint George is Danny Trejo, who is known in many different classic movies such as Heat and Con Air and a small, recurring role as Tortuga in Breaking Bad. His role is Tio. Hopefully, this time Trejo will not be in his typical criminal role. Enough with the typecasting, already!
Anyway, Saint George premieres on Thursday, March 6 at 9pm ET/PT on FX. Check it out. I'm glad to see a wider variety of cultures and backgrounds on mainstream TV. It's a good thing!