NBC’s reality series Last Comic Standing will return this coming summer for an eighth season with standup Wanda Sykes as executive producer. The utility player, which originally launched in summer 2003, has been quietly shelved and then brought back when needed several times. It first ran three cycles through fall 2004 before getting canned and then ran one cycle each in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. There is no host for Season 8 yet. Sykes and Page Hurwitz of Push It Prods. will executive for Universal Television through their deal with the studio.
EXCLUSIVE: Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious will air Saturday, July 13 and Saturday, July 20 at 10 PM on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN. The one-hour original comedy specials will be hosted and produced by Sykes and Page Hurwitz’s Push It Prods., in conjunction with Harpo Studios. The shows will be taped in front of a live studio audience at Harpo Studios in Chicago, the former home of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Scheduled to appear are emerging female stand-ups Andi Smith, Gloria Bigelow, Marina Franklin, Tracey Ashley, Carmen Lynch and Dominique Witten. Kym Whitley from OWN’s Raising Whitley is among those scheduled for a guest appearance. Sykes also will appear with her guests in a series of comedy shorts that will air throughout each hour. Sykes, Hurwitz and Harpo’s Jill Barancik executive produce. Longtime Sykes collaborators Lance Crouther (Wanda At Large) and Alyson Fouse (The Wanda Sykes Show) are writers on the project.