In a deal similar to the one made for Anger Management, FX has ordered 10 episodes of the new George Lopez-starring sitcom Saint George, to begin production in August, with the option to order 90 more if the first 10 achieve a certain ratings threshold. This bargain version of TV production has been increasingly popular on basic cable, with TBS using it for the Tyler Perry sitcoms House of Payne and Meet the Browns as well as Are We There Yet?, and FX previously using it for Anger Management (the only failure has been Comedy Central's Big Lake, which never went beyond its initial 10 episodes).
Lopez, whose previous eponymous sitcom aired on ABC from 2002-2007 and has since become a huge hit in syndication, is an affable performer, and the show (which he co-created) will draw from his current life as a divorced father. But this production model is a recipe for mediocrity or worse, with episodes churned out as quickly and cheaply as possible. It's disappointing to see FX going for this kind of bargain-basement fare, but I guess that now that the network is splitting into three channels, it needs all the content it can get.
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