New show expected to launch this fall

Fox is prepping a Saturday night gabber to be hosted by Wanda Sykes.

The Sykes show, which is expected to launch in the fall, would fill the void left by the recently canceled sketch series “MadTV.”

Hourlong show would air at 11 p.m. According to Broadcasting & Cable, which first broke the news, the Sykes skein would look more like a panel series similar to Bill Maher’s HBO show, as opposed to a regular talker.

Beyond the topical panel discussions, the series also will follow Sykes as she shoots field segments.

Show reps a reunion between Fox and Sykes, who starred in the laffer “Wanda at Large” for the network.

It’s unclear how the Sykes show will affect the fate of Fox’s other Saturday latenight series, “Talkshow With Spike Feresten.” Feresten was recently given a trial run in the 11 p.m. slot.

Sykes currently stars on CBS’ “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” and will host the 2009 White House Correspondents Assn. dinner next month. She also has frequently appeared on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

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