I’m late with this I’m sorry!
First Neil Patrick Harris — it took all my might not to type “Doogie Howser”…drat stupid childhood memories! — then Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert, now Wanda Sykes is officially on the list of people whose careers were better post-closet.
Not like Wanda hasn’t always been the shizz. Because she was and will always be. But getting your own show is two steps from Nirvana for a comedian (Nirvana is a film career. Sorry Will Ferrell, you’ve checked out of Nirvana for now).
Sykes’ show will be an “…innovative and irreverent new Saturday late-night series…The high-energy one-hour show will feature biting commentary on topical issues and heated panel discussions with recurring personalities. The series’ unique format will highlight Sykes’ outspoken comedic perspective on current events and will also allow her to leave the studio to shoot segments in the field.”
Sounds can’t miss, right?! Most shows do, until of course they miss. Then you never hear from them again.
With any hope, and some guts from Fox, this show will be as much like The Chappelle Show as any network can handle on late-night primetime. The formula is easy. Sykes is funny. Saturday is a low-bar for Fox. Fox needs to compete with a newly-invigorated SNL, the death of MAD and their golden boy not so long ago Spike Feresten — not so golden anymore.