Why is George Lopez on Nick at Nite?
How do I know this? I turned on Nick at Nite last night and saw an episode of... George Lopez.
Yeah, you read that correctly. the George Lopez show, which just got cancelled by ABC after a five year run, is now on a network whose mission has been to give people a chance to see the shows they grew up watching. Yes, it's an OK family sitcom that seems to fit very well in the family-oriented Nick at Nite lineup. But how can a person get nostalgic for a show that a) not many people watched in the first place and b) just got cancelled three months ago?
It makes me wonder if Nick at Nite and its sister channel, TV Land, aren't making a subtle shift away from nostalgia. TV Land is not only showing movies, for crissakes, but they recently added the currently-running Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to their schedule. What gives? I mean, I could accept a move away from sixties sitcoms like I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched to sitcoms a bigger chunk of the audience might remember from their childhoods. But... George Lopez? It hasn't been off the air long enough for us to get nostalgic over it.
By the way, take a look at the network's new logo (on their website). The splatter that's part of the new logo leads me to believe that Nick at Nite is going to be tied more closely into Nickelodeon's family programming -- it looks like the logo is getting "slimed" -- and will get away from nostalgia. But maybe I'm just being paranoid.
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