10 Latino TV Shows Canceled Too Soon

It was almost two years ago that Mexican comedian George Lopez vowed to revolutionize late-night as the first Latino talk show host on primetime. But today, after just two seasons on the air, TBS announced that Lopez Tonight, which has been suffering in the ratings for the past few months, will not be renewed for a third season. "TBS has reached the difficult decision not to order a third season of 'Lopez Tonight,'" the network said in a statement. "We are proud to have partnered with George Lopez, who is an immensely talented comedian and entertainer. TBS has valued its partnership with George and appreciates all of his work on behalf of the network, both on and off the air." The final episode of Lopez Tonight is set to air tomorrow night. 

For those of us who are fans of the midnight talk show, that doesn't give us a whole lot of time to say goodbye to the show. But this isn't the first time that a show with a Latino star has been canceled way too soon. Here are 10 Latino TV shows that expired way before they should have. 

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1. Cancellations: Ugly Betty

Ugly Betty (2006-2010)

In its first year on the air, ABC's Ugly Betty was attracting 14 million viewers a week and earned 11 Emmy nominations, a Peabody Award, a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy and a SAG and Emmy Award for its star, Honduran actress America Ferrera. Despite the love from critics and fans alike, and despite the fact that Betty was the only show about a Latino family on all of television, the show was canceled by ABC on January 2nd, 2010 after just four seasons. Days after the series was cancelled, Cuban actor, Tony Plana said he and his costars didn't understand why the show was getting the ax. “It was very emotional and very shocking, because we really thought that this show had at least another year where we could’ve resolved all of our stories in a graceful and elegant manner like the show deserved,” Plana said at the time. 

2. Cancellations: Greetins from Tucson

Greetings from Tucson (2002-2003)

Greetings from Tucson, which aired on the WB for just one season, was a Latino family drama based on the life of series creator, Peter Murrieta, a Mexican-American television producer who is known for writing television shows about blended families and also helped create Disney's hit series, Wizards of Waverly Place. Unlike most television shows, which are told from the point of view of a white protagonist, "Greetings" was told from the point of view of a 15-year-old Latino teenager named David Tiant (Pablo Santos), the oldest son of an ethnically-mixed family. The show featured an almost all-Latino cast that included, Sara Paxton, Aimee Garcia and Lupe Ontiveros, and critics raved about the show's diversity calling it "a welcome addition to TV's largely white landscape." Still, none of that was enough to keep the show on the air. "Greetings" was canceled after just one season. 

3. Cancellations: Cane

Cane (2007)

This CBS drama about a wealthy Cuban-American family working together to operate a rum business in South Florida, boasted one of the finest Latino ensembles in the history of television. But despite its pedigree of fine actors (which included Jimmy Smits, Rita Moreno, Nestor Carbonell, Michael Trevino and Hector Elizondo), Cane only lasted one season. 

4. Cancellations: George Lopez Show

The George Lopez Show  (2002-2007)

When George Lopez's self-titled ABC sitcom, The George Lopez Show, was canceled after five seasons in 2007, the Mexican-American comedian expressed his frustration over the lack of diversity on television to the Los Angeles Times, lamenting that "TV just became really, really white again." And when Lopez learned that ABC had canceled his show in favor of a show called Cavemen—about "cave dudes living in modern-day Atlanta"— George said ABC's decision to cancel the show made even little sense. "So a...Chicano can't be on TV but a...caveman can?" Lopez said. "And a Chicano with an audience already? You know when you get in this that shows do not last forever, but this was an important show and to go unceremoniously like this hurts. One hundred seventy people lost their jobs," he said. The George Lopez Show, which is alive and kicking in syndication, had a mostly Latino cast that included Belita Moreno, Constance Marie, and Valente Rodriguez

5. Cancellations: Freddie

Freddie (2005-2006)

The shortlived ABC sitcom, which was inspired by Freddie Prinze Jr.’s real life, growing up in a house full of mujeres, starred the half-Puerto Rican actor as Freddie Moreno, a successful chef living in Chicago with his niece, sister-in-law and grandmother. While it wasn't very funny, the argument could be made that unfunny sitcoms about white families tend to last many more seasons. Seriously, did anyone ever laugh during According to Jim? That lasted eight seasons...

6. Cancellations: Resurrection Blvd

Resurrection Blvd (2000-2002)

Set in East Los Angeles, California, the drama centered on a family that had three generations of boxers and their struggles to find some sort of equilibrium between their acculturated American traditions and the Latino values that are sacrosanct in Latino culture. Series starred Nicholas Gonzalez, Tony Plana and Marisol Nichols. 

7. Cancellations: American Family

American Family: Journey of Dreams (2002-2004)

It was a snapshot of Latino family life in Los Angeles, and, like most Latino family shows, it was short lived despite a first-rate cast that included the likes of Edward James Olmos, Constance Marie, Kate Del Castillo, Raquel Welch, and Sonia Braga. The PBS series was the first Latino TV drama, but it was expensive to produce and the ratings weren't great, which is why PBS pulled the plug...

8. Cancellations: Dark Angel

Dark Angel (2000-2002)

The FOX sci-fi show, which was created by auteur James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar), only lasted two seasons, yet it managed to make Jessica Alba an overnight star. While most young actors aren't nominated for acting awards at the Golden Globes, the Mexican actress's badass performance as Max Guevara—a genetically enhanced super-soldier—was too incredible for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to ignore. In 2001, Alba was nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series. Unfortunately, while the show had a loyal cult-following, the ratings weren't big enough to get a renewal for a third season. Then again, the show was set in 2019, so maybe it was too ahead of its time?

9. Cancellations: The Brothers Garcia

The Brothers García (2000-2004)

Remakes—they're all the rage in Hollywood. Except when it comes to a Latino remake of a quintessentially American show. In a lot of ways, The Brothers Garcia was the Latino cousin of the classic TV series, The Wonder Years. The coming-of-age show was narrated by an older version of the main character in each episode, played by John Leguizamo. The Colombian actor, who has a knack for telling stories, recounted his character's life on the series, and the hardships that he, his two brothers and their twin sister, endured while living under one roof in San Antonio, Texas. 

10. Cancellations: My Name Is Earl

My Name is Earl (2005-2009)

His name is Greg Garcia and he was ticked off when NBC canceled his hit show, My Name is Earl after just four seasons. Garcia had good reason to be upset. His show was one of the network's most popular comedies, and the critics were behind it, too. "Earl" earned multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations (including a Golden Globe nod for Best Comedy) and not only was Garcia, the show's creator, Latino, but so was one of the show's stars, Puerto Rican actress, Nadine Velasquez

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