It didn’t take long for Mario Lopez to return to broadcast daytime.
The actor has been tapped to host Tribune Entertainment pilot “Real People,” which is in development for the 2005-06 season by the syndicator, sources said. Mr. Lopez recently co-hosted daytime’s “The Other Half” for NBC during the series’ two-season run. He currently hosts “Pet Stars” on Animal Planet and has starred on USA’s “Pacific Blue” and NBC’s “Saved by the Bell.”
A Tribune spokesperson would not comment on Mr. Lopez’s joining the series.
Tribune Entertainment will team with The Gurin Co. and veteran producer George Schlatter Productions for a syndicated contemporary version of Mr. Schlatter’s classic series “Real People” for fall 2005.
The new version of “Real People” is being developed for a 2005 debut in first-run syndication as a weekly hour, a half-hour strip or both. The program will emphasize humor by featuring the funny and quirky, a strategy that helped propel the original “Real People” to hit status on NBC from 1979 to 1984.
“`Real People’ is a franchise that is perfect for today’s environment, in which the celebration of people and the human spirit is top of mind,” said Donna Harrison, senior VP, unscripted and reality programming, for Tribune Entertainment, as she announced the series. “The humor, heart and fantastic slice-of-life stories that `Real People’ stands for will win over a whole new generation of viewers while bringing back fans who remain loyal to the hilarious, quirky and unique stories that no other show has been able to replicate.”