Loud (some would say obnoxious) comedian Wanda Sykes has signed a new first-look deal with NBC. The deal is between the network, Sykes and Page Hurwitz's Push It Productions.
"We are very excited to be working with NBCUniversal. We have partnered with a terrific team, and we're looking forward to getting started," Hurwitz said, with Sykes adding that: "Wait, I thought we were getting The Tonight Show."
Sykes is best known fo her stand-up but has also won three Emmy awards and appeared often on television, with an acclaimed recurring role as "herself" on Curb Your Enthusiasm, as well as her own programs (Fox’s The Wanda Sykes Show and Comedy Central’s Wanda Does It).
NBC has started signing pretty much any one under the sun to development deals for new properties.
A year ago, NBCU announced that it had signed deals with eight unscripted producers. Included in the deal were Jason Ehrlich (The Bachelor), David A. Hurwitz (Fear Factor), Lee Metzger (The Voice) and former NBC executive vice president of alternative programming, development and specials Craig Plestis (Minute to Win It).
Recently, the company signed Lou Wallach, formerly a Comedy Central executive-turned-producer to a deal that will see him develop, produce and consult on comedy projects.
You have to give the network credit - it is doing what it can to pull itself out of its prolongued slump. It's a shame they do not have an operation for that.