Hey TV.com, Should I Watch FX's Saint George?

Oh boy. I drew the short stick and was assigned to write this preview of FX's Saint George, the latest multi-cam sitcom to pay FX's bills. So let's get this over with! I watched the pilot so you don't have to, and I have advice for you on whether or not you should watch this show even though we all know what I'm going to say. So let's do this!


Saint George, so it's about an angel or otherwise saintly person named George? 

No siree George. This multi-camera comedy is FX's second 10/90 sitcom (the first was Anger Management), meaning that if the first 10 episodes produced reach a certain ratings threshold, FX will order 90 more episodes. The idea is to make as much money as possible in as little time as possible by churning out episodes quickly, kind of like a soap opera. So what's it about? A fictional Mexican-American gent named George Lopez who bears a striking resemblance to the actor/standup comedian George Lopez and the lead actor/main character from the ABC sitcom George Lopez that ran from 2002 through 2007. Saint George's George is a recent divorcé with a young son who's described as an entrepreneur—he somehow made a ton of money selling an energy drink aimed at the Latin market—but even though he's loaded, he teaches night classes in history for reasons unknown. His mom, uncle, and cousin all want him to start dating again.


Who thought this show was a good idea, and who's unlucky enough to star in it?

Saint George was created by and stars George Lopez (he plays "George Lopez"). Jenn Lyon (the leggy blonde bartender Lindsey from Justified) plays George's ex-wife, Olga Merediz (multiple characters in a handful of Law & Order episodes) plays his mom, Diana-Maria Riva (¡Rob!) plays his horny coworker who won't stop pawing at his crotch, David Zayas (Dexter) plays his cousin Junior, and Danny Trejo (so many wonderful things but let's pick Machete) is making a paycheck as his uncle. 



When does Saint George debut?

Saint George premieres Thursday, March 6 at 9pm on FX. Here are a few things you could (and should!) watch instead: Reign on The CW, Suits on USA, Grey's Anatomy on ABC, Project Runway on Lifetime, Pawn Stars on History, Millionaire Matchmaker on Bravo, paint drying, and yes, even Hollywood Game Night on NBC.


Who might like Saint George?

Ummm, people who like TBS's Are We There Yet? Also, George Lopez.


C'mon, there has to be something good about Saint George.

Someone gets pepper-sprayed in the pilot. Does that count? And Albert Pujols makes a cameo, so if you're a fan of overpaid athletes, that's a plus. I really liked Jenn Lyon on Justified, and she at least puts in some effort here.


What's bad about Saint George? And don't just say "Everything."

Everything! Seriously, the script is so, so bad—Saint George makes Anger Management look like Seinfeld. Here's a sampling of the humor from the pilot: The horny teacher who wants George says, "I'm wearing a thong," and then the laugh track loses its mind. Also, George dyes his hair because he thinks it's prematurely grey, and then his ex-wife says, "At your age, it's not premature." That's presumably when someone behind the scenes presses a button marked "funny." Also, there are plenty of jokes about dicks, masturbation, and racism.


So, should I—

NO! Don't. We need to band together to make sure this type of show doesn't happen again, and the only way to do that is to not put eyeballs on this type of sloppy, mind-shrinking, quick-buck television. Save the arts, save the human race, save yourself.


Let's take a look at a trailer anyway!

There's no trailer, but here's a clip. Remember, you asked for it.




Saint George premieres Thursday, March 6 at 9pm on FX.


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Mar 21, 2014
i didnt like the picture of george lopez hanging like a pinata.a mexican stereotype
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Mar 18, 2014

My thoughts St. George Show?

I am disappointed in the miss-casting of george lopez
wife Mackenzie Bradford Lopex, and son Harper Antonio Bradford Lopez.
I mean come on why is his ex-wife white, and if they have a kid together
he would be hispanic-latino. not some preppy nerdy white kid?

The only thing I like about this show is Alma Lopez.
She is very funny as george lopez's mom. It remains me of how hilariously
funny Benita benny Lopez was on the george lopez show.

My overall thoughts St. George show, is it is alright! But I expect this show to be cancelled after the first couple of episodes.

Your better off watching reruns of the George Lopez Show on Nick at Nite.

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Mar 06, 2014
I definitely won't watch this, but I would still bet on it getting a 90 episodes order because they always do. *sigh*
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Mar 06, 2014
So I am a bit unclear. You didn't like it?
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Mar 06, 2014
Question: did you watch ABC's The George Lopez Show, and if so, how does this compare to that? It looks like it comes up very short even compared to the relatively middling ABC family sitcom but I am not going to even bother finding out because this looks really terrible.
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Mar 06, 2014
Tim, as a professional writer, you should know how important commas are. The way this sentence reads,
"Saint George's George is a recent divorcé with a young son who's described as an entrepreneur—he somehow made a ton of money selling an energy drink aimed at the Latin market
...", the son of George has made a lot of money.
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Mar 06, 2014
I really hate comedies where the laugh track loses its mind over every comment the characters make, so I definitely won't be watching this. I didn't used to mind laugh tracks so much, but I will switch the channel as soon as I hear one now. I think they've gotten worse trying to make us think the most mundane comments are hilarious.
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Mar 06, 2014
I'm sure Diana Maria Riva would much rather be remembered for The Good Guys than ¡Rob! At least that how I prefer to remember her.

Also, 10/90s are the devil.
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Mar 06, 2014
It would only count if the props department used real pepper spray.
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Mar 06, 2014
Make Danny Trejo the star of a sit com and I would watch it.

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Mar 06, 2014
I don't like George Lopez so I won't try this even if it was recommended by Tim.
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Mar 06, 2014
Can you imagine if George Lopez and Rebel Wilson got together to do a show?
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Mar 06, 2014
Throw in Josh Gad, Whitney Cummings, Chelsea Handler and a large explosive devise and you could have the recipe for a very successful "live action event" for NBC.
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Mar 06, 2014
Shh, some stupid executive might hear you.
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Mar 06, 2014
Hopefully Danny Trejo would kill them both in the pilot.
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Mar 06, 2014
They should have put this (and Sheen's show) on FXX instead of FX so as to hasten FXX's demise and bring that dubious experiment to a more rapid end.

All snark aside, I really do wonder why, if FXX is now primarily their comedy channel, so many original comedies (both good and bad) remain on FX. They already moved Sunny and The League over there, yet kept Archer and (ugh) Chozen back on the original. Why not go whole hog and put all their comedies on their comedy channel? If they're trying to make FXX their comedy brand, they should commit to it 100%.
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Mar 06, 2014
I already watch Anger Management, which is more than enough bad comedy.

...Although, I am kind of looking forward to the upcoming Kelsey Grammer/Martin Lawrence sitcom for some reason.
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Mar 06, 2014
This show is Satan, but I bet it gets 90 more episodes.

Machete Kills is amazing, but outside of that franchise Trejo just doesn't say no to things.
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Mar 08, 2014
He was great in the latest episode of ncisLa. I would luv to see him more of him on ncisla.
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Mar 06, 2014
I watch alot of Danny Trejo's stuff because he has a facinating personal story - but he has been in some real stinkers. He needs to learn how to be a bit more picky - he's a bigger name now - he can afford to just say no
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Mar 06, 2014
Well thank you for your opinion, but I'll check it out anyways because I like forming my own thoughts! =)
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Mar 08, 2014
yes because watching a tv show is exactly like killing yourself...fantastic comparison
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Mar 08, 2014
This one will be.
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Mar 06, 2014
Enjoy suffering in the name of individuality.
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Mar 06, 2014
Most of us also think it's a bad idea to shoot yourself in the face, but go ahead and go your own way, ya badass rebel you.
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Mar 06, 2014
word!!!! same here
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Mar 06, 2014
Tim, I'm super-confused by this. I thought you loved jokes about dicks, masturbation, and racism...?
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Mar 07, 2014
&I;'m sooooooooooooooooooooooo glad I'm no longer in this show.

Not in this show? Since Stephen Amell is otherwise occupied we need you for the obligatory shirtless salmon ladder scenes.
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Mar 06, 2014
No no no, I love masturbating to racist dicks. Completely different.
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Mar 06, 2014
Better than masturbating racist dicks, am I right?
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Mar 06, 2014
Ok, you two need your own show on FX! Price can be your wacky neighbor.
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Mar 06, 2014
...I would watch that.

Actually, scratch that. I would like the new version of the Odd Couple to feature Tim and Price as Oscar and Felix (respectively). Maybe I'd actually tune in, if that was the case.
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Mar 06, 2014
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Mar 06, 2014
Which one of them would Lily be the ex-wife of (I feel sorry for her already)?
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Mar 07, 2014
@noelrk:

Not in this show? Since Stephen Amell is otherwise occupied we need you for the obligatory shirtless salmon ladder scenes.
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Mar 06, 2014
I'm sooooooooooooooooooooooo glad I'm no longer in this show.
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Mar 06, 2014
This was one of the shows I had anticipated not giving a shit about. So no, I wont even try it. I just know I wont like it.
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Mar 06, 2014
Here was I thinking Saint George would be a fun mediaeval romp about dragon slaying and the like but instead I get this! Still, this article is so scathing it's almost a challenge to check this out, but even I'm not that stupid.
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Mar 06, 2014
Wow you sure made it seem bad. That's a no-watch for me then!
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