Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wanda Sykes chats about her new talk show

Wanda Sykes appeared at a panel today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour to discuss her new weekly talk show, coming this November 7 to FOX. (It'll be in the old MAD TV 11 PM time slot.) Sounds like Sykes's show will be more in the Chelsea Handler/Bill Maher mold than a traditional desk-bound program. “The week’s really not over until you see it through Wanda’s eyes," said executive producer Eddie Feldmann, according to Broadcasting and Cable. "[We’ll] really look at the week in a different way through skits… and eclectic panels.”

The show will not feature musical guests, although Wanda added, “If Dick Cheney puts out a hip hop album, we’re booking him.” (How about rappin' M.C. Rove?)

On being one of only two women in late night: “It’s a great opportunity. I just try and focus on the job and being funny moreso than ‘Oh I’m a female,’" said Sykes, who will continue to work as an actress, both on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." "I put funny first and I just happen to have boobs.”

When asked why there have been few minorities in the late night talk show arena, Sykes quipped, "White people. There's too many of you."

Forbes reports that Sykes "has neither the time nor the interest in expanding her weekly series to a daily one right now" -- but if the show takes off, perhaps FOX will consider getting back into the late night talk show business, something they abandoned after the ill-fated "Chevy Chase Show."


  1. Anonymous said...

    Between The Jay Leno Show, The Wanda Sykes Show, The Mo' Nique Show, The George Lopez Show and The Aisha Tyler Show, there are just not enough comedy talk shows this fall.

    Okay to be fair, GL's show's is called Lopez Tonight (soon to be known as "Canceled").

    - Octobrain.

  2. Anonymous said...

    Nooo, my eyes and ears have been raped by the MC Rove clip. I had seen that before but I had recovered from it painfully through the years, and now Im back to square one again. Oh, the pain! Damn you Talk Show News!

    Santiago R.