Sunday 28th May 2017,
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For Wanda Sykes, George Lopez, Success Not Guaranteed

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UPDATE: George Lopez’s show Lopez Tonight also started strong on TBS (and TNT, TruTV), so it looks like we have hit a temporary POC (people of color) late-night trifecta.

UPDATE: The ratings for Wanda Sykes were good; not, SNL good, though.

UPDATE: Fox has the site up, with promos and such.

With the (apparent) success of The Mo’Nique Show, will Wanda Sykes and George Lopez similarly excel in late night, or will they go the way of other recent shows by comedians of color, like David Alan Grier’s short-lived Chocolate News and CNN’s dull DL Hughley Breaks the News? They’ll have to be edgy and interesting: the problem with Grier and Hughley was they were too soft for a post-Chappelle age.

Posted at Ronebreak:

Today networks are reaching back to the days of Arsenio Hall and giving comedians and comediennes of color late night talk shows. While CNN’s D.L. Hughley Breaks the News lived a short life, mostly because it wasn’t very interesting, BET’s The Mo’Nique Show, premiered strongly two weeks ago.

That success is good news for Fox, which is looking to Wanda Sykes to revive their lackluster Saturday nights, giving the popular comic her own talk show premiering November 7 at 11pm, two nights before George Lopez’s new talk show airs on TBS. Ever since coming out a year ago, Wanda Sykes’ star has been on the rise. Sykes has been a mainstay on television for the last few years, ever since her short-lived sitcom in 2003. She has a big presence now, with recurring roles on The New Adventures of Old Christine and Curb Your Enthusiasm. HBO is now broadcasting her newest standup program, I’ma Be Me.

Full post, with embedded video, at Ronebreak.

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