'Lopez Tonight' canceled: 5 memorable moments from the late night show

TBS announced earlier today that Thursday night would be the final episode of Lopez Tonight after two years on the air. While the show struggled with ratings and always felt a bit out of place in the competitive late-night television landscape (it was never as sharp or relevant as its time slot rival, the firing-on-all-cylinders Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), the series still had some stand-out moments during its run.

Before George Lopez and his gabfest bow out, we wanted to take a look back at five of our favorite moments from Lopez Tonight.

Lopez definitely earned the respect of Team Coco when he welcomed Conan O’Brien to the TBS family with open arms. Both hosts appeared on each others respective shows, but we got the biggest kick out of when O’Brien pulled off a surprise visit and spoke in his “native tongue” to Lopez.

Steve Carell got to kill the Backstreet Boy of his choosing (except AJ!) While we don’t know which member of BSB he offed, we definitely know which side of the this debate he falls on.

There may be no talk show guest more dependably bizarre or entertaining than William Shatner, and it was certainly no exception whenever he stopped by Lopez Tonight. Shatner performed two spectacularly weird musical numbers, including a duet of “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, but we give the slight nod to his rendition of Cee Lo Green’s ubiquitous “F— You”. Eat your heart out, Gwyneth!

Lopez handed over hosting duties twice, once to Jennifer Lopez and once to Ashton Kutcher. While both are pretty busy with their day jobs, it’s nice to know they could just as easily have a future in late night. Check out Kutcher’s killer monologue.

And last, but certainly not least, the funniest bit from Lopez Tonight. After Brendan Fraser did that baffling — albeit endlessly re-watchable — Golden Globes clap the actor had a good sense of humor about the whole thing and came by to plug “Brendan Fraser’s Wii Clap for Nintendo.” We still applaud this hilarious skit.

What was your favorite Lopez Tonight moment, PopWatchers? Was it when Sandra Bullock got a “Chola makeover” or when Larry David took a DNA test? Let us know in the comments section below!

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  • Daily

    Didn’t even give him two weeks notice. Show biz is rough.

    • stu

      My god…last week it was Mo-nique on BET.
      look out Wendy!!!!

      • Dom

        If that segment with Bredan Fraser is the show’s funniest bit ever, then it should have been cancelled a lot sooner.

  • Jason in MI

    A list of best Lopez moments and no Jennifer Love Hewitt vajazzilling?


    • Chris

      My thoughts exactly.

    • Alyssa

      As a woman myself I found that segment bizarre and IDK, she seems kind of crazy. Most women do not sparkle their ” little ladies”.

    • TFT

      Lopez never seemed sincere or believable. He is funny and goofy, but his interviews felt fake, or a better way to put it would be, he never asked the kinds of questions that mattered. It was like filler questions, and like he was high the entire time he was asking stuff. Really stupid interviews.

      • Regina George

        I didn’t like George Lopez very much anyway.

      • Fez

        I think he spent like half the interview kissing prince’s butt the entire time he was visiting. That was the only episode I watched all the way through, and that show dragged on and on to nowhere.

  • Mia

    When he had Prince on the show for the entire hour!! Awesome!!

    • TFT

      That wasn’t really Prince.

      • Regilita

        TFT–what do you mean it wasn’t really Prince?

  • Yi

    I’m surprised EW could come up with 5 memorable moments.

  • Shannon

    And there was much rejoicing. *yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay*

  • Bob

    Good that they had a Latino do a late night show, but from the little I saw if it, his wasn’t funny. Still horrible form to abruptly cancel it without proper time and notice. I wonder if Lopez and the producers knew beforehand. If they didn’t, that is not a way to treat anybody, in any job.

    • Fez

      Look. Latinos have like 13 plus channels, even in Spanish, all day long on cable tv. I have to fight my way forever channel surfing each every f___ing day of my life to get to speed news or the pay-per-view. Honestly, don’t give me this Latino crap about not enough Latinos on television.

  • Annie

    its called karma..his wife donates a kidney to save his life then he dumps her and now hes on the dumping end..

    • kris

      i thought the exact same thing. This guy is an idiot! i’m surprised it took two years for this loser to get the boot

  • ken

    I have been constantly changing the channel away from this show for 2 years. Can’t wait to see who they put in this slot, that isn’t a racist.

  • bhutt-head

    George Lopez is a token hispanic. Just like Carlos Mencia. Lots of publicity but not because they were particularly funny or different

  • Jay Leno

    Did you hear about this? The George Lopez show has been canceled by TBS and is going off the air this Thursday. Yeah, yeah. Also, I’m proud to announce that I’ll be hosting a second late night show starting this Friday at midnight on TBS. (Polite applause is heard.)

  • brad5000

    I like george lopez the actor and comedian ok.but this show just wasn’t very good.Lets see what they replace it with.

  • MWeyer

    The Ghetto makeover for Sandra Bullock. And Creepy Little White Girl.

    • T

      Yes, Chola Sandra Bullock was funny.

      Maybe Creepy Little White Girl could have announced “Bad news George, ratings dropped after your divorce and weird ranting against Jay Leno. Don’t you know no one takes on Leno and wins?”

  • Meli

    Well this (plus the recent rash of cancellations of other shows) should put an end to the myth that cable networks don’t care about ratings, so Cable is the place to launch and keep a series on the air.

  • dixiepigsie

    I thought we were gonna be stuck with his mean comments but answered prayers prevailed…..

  • mikeman

    5 memorable moments from what now?

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