New photos from Lopez vs. Lopez preview a George Lopez reunion on the show. George Lopez led his self-titled sitcom on ABC for six seasons between 2002 and 2007, starring as a fictionalized version of himself who navigates personal and family challenges while working at the Power Brothers aviation factory. Although the George Lopez show ended over 15 years ago, Lopez has remained active in the TV space, and he is currently leading the 2022 NBC sitcom, Lopez vs. Lopez, alongside his daughter Mayan Lopez, where the father-daughter duo play versions of themselves along with Matt Shively, Brice Gonzalez, Al Madrigal, and Selenis Leyva.
Now, TVLine reports that the worlds of George Lopez’s two sitcoms are colliding before he stars in DC’s 2023 Blue Beetle, as the cast of his eponymous 2002 comedy series is reuniting on Lopez vs. Lopez for the new show’s Christmas episode. The episode which airs Friday, Dec. 16 at 8/7c on NBC will see original George Lopez stars Constance Marie (Angie), Valente Rodriguez (Ernie), Luis Armand Garcia (Max), and Belita Moreno (Benny) guest appear as new characters Connie, Val, Louie, and Bella on Lopez vs. Lopez. Take a look at the pictures from the Lopez vs. Lopez and George Lopez crossover episode below:
What Would The George Lopez and Lopez Vs. Lopez Crossover Look Like?
While there is little doubt that Lopez vs. Lopez’s Christmas episode will deliver a great dose of nostalgia for fans of the original sitcom, sadly, a few George Lopez cast members will not appear on the new show. Masiela Lusha, who starred as George and Angie’s daughter Carmen, Christmas With You star Aimee Garcia, who played George and Angie’s spoiled niece Veronica, and Emiliano Díez, who essayed Angie’s father Vic, will be among those missing from the Dec. 16 episode. At the moment, It’s unclear why Lusha, Garcia, and Díez are not returning, but there is still the opportunity that they might appear in future Lopez vs. Lopez episodes.
To avoid retconning the story of the original sitcom, it makes sense why the George Lopez cast members are playing different characters on the new NBC sitcom. It seems from the images that Rodriguez’s Val and Marie’s Connie are a couple, Garcia’s Louie is their son, and Moreno’s Bella is the matriarch of the visiting family. NBC is keeping a lid on how the two families would cross paths in the Christmas TV show episode. But, it appears that Val, Connie, Louie, and Bella are old acquaintances, or perhaps, extended family members of George and Mayan who would reconnect with them after a long time over the holidays.
While the original George Lopez cast may be playing new characters in Lopez vs. Lopez, audiences can expect a lot of callbacks to the 2002 sitcom, as well as some sporadic comedic references to the old show’s character dynamics in the upcoming Christmas episode. With the George Lopez holiday reunion taking place on Lopez vs. Lopez, the show could capture the attention of new audiences who are more familiar with the 2002 comedy. This could make Lopez vs. Lopez‘s Christmas episode be a huge treat for aficionados of the classic sitcom and help the freshman show’s viewership improve to warrant a season 2 renewal.
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