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FX may be pulling the trigger on a good ol’ 10/90 deal again. The network made this type of deal famous with its 90-episode order of Anger Management and has now announced a new series will get the same opportunity. FX has signed on for a brand new half-hour comedy called Saint George, starring and co-created by none other than George Lopez. The multi-camera ensemble comedy will be the comedian’s first starring sitcom role since George Lopez ended its run.
Saint George will follow a Mexican-American family going through the throes of a divorce. Though he is recently divorced, Lopez will play the patriarch of the family, who is trying to maintain a relationship with his son and his demanding ex-wife. Things become even more difficult when his extended family gets involved with his life. His mother and Uncle are constantly around and it’s causing even more strain, even as Lopez’s character takes on a new position teaching night school. Lopez, Matt Williams David McFadzean, Michael Rotenberg, Dete Meserve and Judd Payne are all signed on to executive produce the series.
I know everyone’s memory is not so fresh when it comes to what a 10/90 deal entails, so I’ll go through the details. Ten episodes of Saint George have already been ordered. If those 10 episodes perform well enough to hit an already-assigned ratings threshold, the series will automatically get picked up for an additional 90-episodes, which means the series will produce enough content to be available for syndication, later.
Lopez is a well-known name and, despite the failure of Lopez Tonight, it’s likely a show starring the comedian could find the right audience at FX, much like Anger Management has done for the network. Production for the new series is set to begin in August, and we’ll let you know when any casting news wafts our way.