Lopez Vows to Return to Television…

George Lopez could be heading back to television in the near future…

The Mexican American stand-up comedian/actor, who was recently named Carnival Cruises’ “curator of comedy,”  is determined to launch a brand new family-oriented sitcom where he’d star as the father and husband.

It may sound similar to “George Lopez,” the Imagen Award-winning syndicated TV series that aired on ABC from 2002 to 2007 and made the 50-year-old Lopez a household name. But he tells The Associated Press the yet-to-titled show “will be the opposite” of that history-making sitcom, which featured a nearly all-Latino cast.

Lopez, who often parodies his Mexican heritage and upbringing, says the new show, which he hopes to get on the air by next fall, won’t include a grandmother figure—like the one he verbally sparred with on “George Lopez.”

But that’s not all… Lopez plans to star in his third live HBO stand-up special next year. His last special, “Tall, Dark, & Chicano,” aired in 2009.

The exciting news comes just two months after TBS cancelled his groundbreaking late-night show “Lopez Tonight,” after viewership declined heavily in its second year. Lopez, who credits the drop to losing his 11 p.m. ET time slot to Conan O’Brien, said it’s unfortunate his show was axed because there aren’t many minority hosts on late-night television.