Reba McEntire’s ‘Happy’s Place’ and George Lopez’s ‘Lopez vs. Lopez’ Renewed; ‘Extended Family’ Canceled!

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Reba McEntire's 'Happy’s Place' and George Lopez's 'Lopez vs. Lopez' Renewed; 'Extended Family' Canceled!

NBC has given the green light to a new comedy series called Happy’s Place, starring the ever-talented Reba McEntire. The show revolves around Bobbie, played by McEntire, who inherits her father’s restaurant only to find out she’s got an unexpected business partner in the form of her half-sister, a family secret she never knew existed. This reunion with the team behind her 2001 sitcom promises a lot of laughs, especially with Melissa Peterman joining in.

The cast is rounded out by Belissa Escobedo, Pablo Castelblanco, Tokala Black Elk, and Rex Linn. It’s all being cooked up in-house at Universal Television with a seasoned team of exec producers, including Kevin Abbott, Michael Hanel, Mindy Schultheis, Julie Abbott, and of course, McEntire herself.

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Meanwhile, George Lopez’s comedy, Lopez vs. Lopez, has been renewed for a third season. The show, which stars Lopez alongside his real-life daughter, Mayan Lopez, has been a hit with nearly 10 million viewers tuning in across all platforms.

NBC is especially pleased with its popularity among English-dominant Hispanic households. With Debby Wolfe at the helm alongside Bruce Helford, Michael Rotenberg, and Katie Newman, this family comedy is sure to keep audiences entertained.

Unfortunately, NBC has had to say goodbye to the rookie comedy Extended Family, which starred Jon Cryer, Donald Faison, and Abigail Spencer. Despite its promising start, it seems the show just didn’t find its footing.

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Looking ahead, NBC has a diverse lineup in store for the 2024-25 broadcast season. Alongside Happy’s Place, viewers can expect the Zachary Quinto-led medical drama Brilliant Minds (formerly Dr. Wolf), Wendi McClendon-Covey’s mockumentary St. Denis Medical, and the procedural The Hunting Party.

These new additions will fill the gaps left by the cancellations of Extended Family, La Brea, and Magnum P.I. Notably, Law & Order: Organized Crime will be transitioning to Peacock as an original series.

As for the drama pilots Suits L.A. and Grosse Point Garden Society, their fate remains undecided until after next week’s presentations. It’s a pivotal time for these potential shows, as NBC weighs its options for the upcoming season.

Reba McEntire’s involvement in Happy’s Place adds significant star power to the network’s lineup. In a landscape filled with competition, networks are seeking programming that not only resonates with a broad audience but also has the potential to make waves globally. With McEntire on board, Happy’s Place seems poised to do just that.

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