It looks like Wanda Sykes will be the latest actress turned late night TV host this fall when she hosts a new late night show at FOX that will run on Saturdays only, replacing MadTV, at 11 p.m. ET.
The new show won’t be sketch comedy like MadTV or the typical sit down at a desk talk show, like The Tonight Show, either. Instead, it will be more along the lines of Real Time with Bill Maher, a panel show that will feature “biting commentary on topical issues and heated panel discussions with recurring personalities” along with taped pieces.
Fox is excited about the prospect and feels Sykes is a great fit for the network and the time slot.
“Wanda is a great alternative voice to the current late-night landscape,” FOX Entertainment chief Kevin Reilly says. “She has the perfect personality for FOX, and we look forward to reinvigorating Saturday-night TV with her.”
It still is unclear whether or not FOX will continue Talkshow with Spike Feresten, which currently airs at midnight after MadTV.
There is also no word on what this means for Syke’s character on The New Adventures of Old Christine. It seems likely Sykes will have to leave the program all together unless this is a hint that the end is near for Christine anyway. Sykes has also starred in the FOX sitcom Wanda at Large, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Evan Almighty.
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