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Help Me Wanda


PASADENA, Calif. — Wanda Sykes is a multi-talented and very funny woman, which made expectations high for her appearance before the nation's television critics to discuss her new late night Saturday talk show on Fox.

But since the show doesn't premiere until Nov. 7 and Sykes and the show's producers didn't have many specifics ready about the show, her performance was pretty flat. The show will focus on Sykes' take on current events and include a panel discussion on topical events.

Sykes' best line came after a critic asked her how she would have time to do the late-night show since she already is co-starring in "The New Adventures of Old Christine" on CBS and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" on HBO.

"Lots of alcohol," cracked Sykes.

When the executive producer of the show, Eddie Feldmann, indicated the show initially wouldn't have musical guests, Sykes cracked: "If Dick Cheney puts out a hip-hop album, we're booking him."

Clearly, Sykes was saving her A-list material. I'm sure she'll be funnier in November. She better be.

Are you looking forward to her show, which will air in the time slot of the canceled "Mad TV"?

-- Alan Pergament   

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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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