George Lopez joins Viacom staffers to ring the opening bell at the NASDAQ stock exchange on March 30, 2016. All photos courtesy of © 2016 Nasdaq, Inc.
Before George Lopez showed up on screens across the continent last Wednesday night as the eponymous character in his new original series Lopez on TV Land, he made a pit stop at NASDAQ headquarters in Times Square to ring the opening bell.
A whole crew tromped over from the TV Land and Viacom offices across the street to join him, bunching up on stage for photos and a quick orientation before an exchange spokesman and Lopez said a few words.
“George, for more than 25 years, you have delighted audiences of all ages in TV, film and on the stage, and you’re also a bestselling author, as well as a community and national philanthropist,” said NASDAQ’s Rob Phillips. “It is our privilege to welcome you here to NASDAQ today.”
“This is the show that I’m most excited about,” Lopez said as the clock wound toward the 9:30 market open. “This is going to be a great run of shows, and there’s no better place than New York, and no more exciting place than Times Square, to kick this show off.”
The team then gathered around Lopez onstage. It turns out that ringing the bell at NASDAQ is a pretty active undertaking – the crew clapped and cheered as the clock counted down to zero. The business cable channels seemed pretty into it too:
Footage provided by NASDAQ via Business News Network, CNBC, Fox Business Network and Bloomberg.
Viacom is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the VIAB and VIA tickers.
Lopez follows a stream of original content from TV Land, which has recently launched hit show Younger, along with The Jim Gaffigan Show, Impaster and Teachers. Check out a preview of George’s show below: