Wanda Sykes Gets Fox Chat Show

Excellent news for fans of recently out comedian Wanda Sykes.

Fox is planning on launching a new Saturday late night show featuring Wanda Sykes, according to sources with knowledge of the network’s plans. The show is said to be more in the mold of Bill Maher’s HBO show than a typical talk show. It will air Saturdays at 11 and will be an hour long. The network is considering launching the show either this fall or in January, when the network has historically launched many projects so as to capitalize on the promotional power of the American Idol audience.

It’s too bad that Skyes’ success comes at the expense of the erratically funny MadTV, which she will replace.