George Lopez is plotting his return to TV, but this time behind the camera. Fox confirms that it’s developing a comedy project from Lopez based on the life of comedian Mark Viera.The untitled half-hour is the first project to be developed by Lopez since TBS canceled his late-night series Lopez Tonight in August. Viera stars as a blue-collar man who buys a building in the Bronx in order to stay close to his roots and teach his son street smarts. The decision surprises his wife and backfires when his extended Latino family moves in.
Chris Case (Retired at 35) is writing the script and will executive produce, along with Lopez and Leslie Kolins Small. Warner Bros. TV, which also produced ABC’s George Lopez sitcom, is the studio.
Case’s other credits include Reba, Titus and Spin City. The busy writer also has a script (with Joey Gutierrez) in contention at CBS. Viera, who indeed hails from the Bronx, was featured on Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand Up and also guested on 30 Rock