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Lopez show axed, Conan slips on TBS

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 05:47 PM

Goodbye, George. You're a nice guy but …

TBS has confirmed that tonight's is the last episode of George Lopez's late-night talk show.

"Lopez Tonight," which debuted in November 2009, has been struggling in the ratings since the show was moved from 11 p.m. to midnight to accommodate Conan O'Brien's talk show, "Conan."

Reportedly, Lopez is averaging only about 400,000 viewers.

A TBS spokesperson issued a statement saying that the network "has reached the difficult decision not to order a third season" and that the network is "proud to have partnered with George Lopez, who is an immensely talented comedian and entertainer. TBS has valued its partnership with George and appreciates all of his work on behalf of the network, both on and off the air."

Meanwhile, "Conan" has continued to slide in the ratings, averaging about 800,000 to 900,000 viewers in recent weeks.

Nielsen ratings for June show "Conan" slipping below E! Entertainment's "Chelsea Lately" to fourth place among late-night cable talk shows.

Comedy Central's "Daily Show" with Jon Stewart is No. 1, followed by "The Colbert Report" and then "Chelsea Lately."

REALITY BLUNDER: Lifetime's new reality show "Russian Dolls" would be better if the creators didn't force the drama into something that looks like a cross between "Real Housewives" and "Jersey Shore."

Debuting at 10:30 tonight, "Russian Dolls" follows several immigrant women in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, the largest Russian-speaking community in the United States.

This is a community with a rich culture with people who are not as familiar as the blue-collar New Jersey stereotypes. An honest look at America's Russian community would be better than portraying these ladies as "crazy Russians" who are just as spoiled and self-centered as the pretentious women of the "Real Housewives" series.

VIDBITS: E! is going all out for the star of its most popular reality series. The network is taping Kim Kardashian's wedding Aug. 20 to NBA star Kris Humphries for a two-part two-day special. "Kim's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event" airs Oct. 9 and 10.

GOP DEBATE: A gaggle of Republican presidential candidates will take the stage at 9 tonight on Fox News Channel. "America's Election HQ: Republican Presidential Debate," anchored by Bret Baier, beams in live from Iowa State University.

Expected to participate are Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. Whether they win or lose the nomination, these characters are likely to be in Tampa next summer at the GOP national convention.

Tune in Tonight

"Burn Notice," at 9 on USA

Gavin Rossdale, of rock band Bush and hubby of Gwen Stefani, guest stars as an ex-boyfriend of Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar). He's a wealthy sinister character who wants Fiona to pull a heist.

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