You can’t say you didn’t see this one coming. When Lopez “agreed” to slide back an hour to allow Conan the prime television Real Estate, it was rather obvious where TBS had rooted their priorities.
Generally, cancellations come with a little buffer to ease the blow, but TBS has announced that Thursday night will be the last Lopez Tonight, which is in its second season. If you have seen the show, it’s not really that big of a surprise.
Lopez certainly boasts one of the coolest sets in late night television, and the fella certainly knows how to make an entrance–the house band, they’re solid, too–but the show itself…it lacks. Severely.
Even if you’re a fan of G Lo, the show always has a slice of awkwardness during the interviews, or during the pre-show opening. Not that charming awkwardness that Michael Cera relies on, rather the not-quite-funny awkwardness that pushes you to reach for the remote.
Guests were never a problem, and the studio audience always seemed amped for entertainment, but I have a feeling critical acclaim–or lack thereof–as well as ratings led TBS to make this “difficult decision.”
Honestly, there is no way you can possibly enjoy Conan, and then also enjoy Lopez Tonight. It’s like eating a deliciously robust steak for dinner, and then having an apple-cinnamon rice cake for dessert. Just didn’t work.