the wanda sykes show
Deadline.com reports that Fox is pulling the plug on the show after just one season. Sykes' talk show, which replaced 'MadTV' as the network's 'Saturday Night Live' counter-programming, premiered last November with strong ratings. But in the intervening months, the series has lost viewers and ratings are now below what they were for 'MadTV' in its final season.
UPDATE: The Live Feed has since confirmed Deadline's report.
Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern). All shows are new, unless otherwise noted.
It's Saturday, so don't expect too much from the schedule. Except for the one show that all us science fiction geeks will be tuning into at nine o'clock.
8:00 to 9:00
Animal Planet: 'It's Me or the Dog'
BBC America: 'Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide'
G4: 'Ninja Warrior' -- Two 30-minute episodes
HGTV: 'Divine Design' and 'Sarah's House'
Nickelodeon: 'iCarly' and 'True Jackson, VP'
The Weather Channel: 'Storm Stories' -- Two 30-minute episodes
9:00 to 10:00
CBS: 'Strikeforce Saturday Night Fights' --Yes, it is on CBS! Two hours
FOX: 'America's Most Wanted'
BBC America: 'Doctor Who' -- Premiere of the newest doctor: Matt Smith
DIY: 'Renovation Realities'
HBO: '24/7 Mayweather/Mosley'
Spike: 'UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez' -- Two and a half hours
The Weather Channel: 'SeaTek' -- Starts at 9:30
10:00 to 11:00
BBC America: 'The Graham Norton Show' -- Christina Ricci; Ricky Gervais; Stephen Merchant; Pixie Lott
DIY: 'Massive Moves'
HGTV: 'Battle on the Block'
MSNBC: 'Lockup: Raw' -- These things always sound like porn movies to me
Style: 'The Dish'
Travel: 'America's Worst Driver'
11:00 and Beyond
FOX: 'The Wanda Sykes Show' -- Tom Bergeron; actor Columbus Short; boxer Laila Ali
NBC: 'Saturday Night Live' -- Host Ryan Phillippe; performance by Ke$ha. Starts at 11:29
Cartoon Network (Adult Swim): 'Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood' -- Airs at midnight
"When you think of us, we all live in castles, all the children are Shakespeare, and we're all brilliantly cultured," he said. "And we think you all own mountains, have nine cars, and eat gold for breakfast."
Wait ... you mean they don't all live in castles in Europe? Our bubble is burst!
Watch the video after the jump.
However, during one of his few live broadcasts last week, O'Reilly made the unfortunate mistake referring to President Obama as "Osama," before quickly catching himself.
As we all know, there are no "do-overs" on live TV. Wanda Sykes said it was an honest mistake and shares a similar mistake she's made in the past on 'The Wanda Sykes Show.'
Watch this video from Daily Drama after the jump!
Watch the video clip of what she says on 'The Wanda Sykes Show' after the jump.
Variety reports that the much-hyped 'The Wanda Sykes Show' premiered on Saturday night on Fox with excellent ratings, averaging a 2.2 household/5 share in Nielsen's metered markets from 11PM to midnight. The show enjoyed success alongside the best-rated episode of 'Saturday Night Live' so far this season, which guest-starred Taylor Swift.
'The Wanda Sykes Show' has been heavily publicized as the first late-night talk show hosted by a gay black woman, and Ms. Sykes has certainly proved her comedy skills on shows such as 'The New Adventures of Old Christine.'
This week's episode feels like a full-blown party, kicking off with a rock 'n' roll theme song for Fox's midseason show 'Human Target,' performed live with serious attitude by the show's star, Chi McBride. Chi also talks about getting out from behind the desk and getting in on the action for this DC Comics adaptation.
I also stop by the 'Yo Gabba Gabba!' set to chat with DJ Lance Rock, watch a super-secret season 3 musical guest perform and, yes, play with some new toys. (What kid won't want a 'YGG!' boombox for the holidays?) Then I've got a sneak peek at 'The Wanda Sykes Show,' straight from Wanda herself. Bar's open, people!
Want more? Email me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com -- who knows, I might just give you an answer on the show. Now watch, enjoy and come back next week for more. Until then, happy TV watching! -- By Maggie Furlong
With the set decorated in bright shades of red and purple, there's a giant TV screen to ensure everyone in the 140-seat live audience gets a good view of the action and a big letter "W" that turns to reveal a fully stocked bar. It's like the ultimate hangout where celebs come to play, and that's just the way Wanda likes it.
At a recent press preview, we were shown a brief sizzle reel in which Wanda Sykes mocks Ann Coulter, heckles her panel guests for not partaking in the lovely selection of alcohol (all bottles have generic labels, incidentally -- like JB McDaniels Whiskey -- until some smart company decides to sponsor the weekly festivities) and tries to recycle a box of sex toys with her pal and 'New Adventures of Old Christine' co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
We snagged Wanda for a minute to find out exactly what her show will be like ("loosey-goosey") and what inappropriate games she's got up her sleeve (homeless or French, anyone?). We also got her to dish on her fate on both 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and 'Christine' ... and then we got personal. Wife, kids -- keep reading for more.
Even more risky is NBC handing 10:00 to Jay Leno every night of the week. Everyone's waiting to see how that one plays out. FOX is banking on huge positive buzz for Glee to make it a hit, while ABC is hoping FlashForward can pick up where Lost is leaving off when it wraps its run this season.
To help you with it all, TV Squad has put together a handy calendar of all the premieres so you can schedule responsibly in this busy time of TV watching. Some nights have as many as twelve premieres scheduled, so you might need to invest in a few more DVRs to catch all your favorites; Monday's still look grim. Bookmark this page and you'll have it handy to help see you through.
Today, the network announced premiere dates for its biggest new and returning series, including 'House,' 'Fringe' and a brand new season of 'So You Think You Can Dance,' set to air beginning Sat., Sept. 12. This is the first time in years where Fox will debut shows closer to TV's official premiere week (beginning Sept. 21), according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Check out the full list of premiere dates after the jump.
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