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Wanda Sykes’ Long Forgotten Sit-Com ‘Wanda at Large’ Coming Out on DVD in April

Wanda Sykes’ Long Forgotten Sit-Com ‘Wanda at Large’ Coming Out on DVD in April

Hey do you
remember Wanda Sykes’ hit sit-com “Wanda at Large”? Yeah, me neither.

In the show,
produced by Warner Bros Television, premiered on the Fox Network 12 years ago in
March 2003 after American Idol, Sykes basically played a variation of herself, a
standup comic who is gets a job as a correspondent on a Washington, D.C.
political talk show.

Needless to
say, Wanda’s unique outspoken approach turns her bosses and the anchors crazy. Meanwhile
on the homefront, Sykes has to deal with her sister-in-law who is living with
her while raising two children, one of them played by a very young Jurnee
Smollett.

And I wasn’t
being frivolous when I said it was a hit. It really was. The show premiered to Empire-type
numbers pulling in just over 14 million viewers when it began. Though the
numbers decreased somewhat during its run, it was still averaging some 12
million viewers by the end of its six episode first season. The show ended
being the fourth highest rated sit-com on the Fox network and they immediately renewed
for a second season stating in Sept 2003.

However when
the show came back, Fox stuck it on Friday nights which is known as “graveyard
slot” or the “Friday night death slot” meaning that any sit-com on
Friday nights is doomed and headed for eventual cancellation due to a much
lower number of viewers.

Why Fox gave
up on the show after a successful first season run is anyone’s guess, but they
did cancel the show in November later that fall after 14 episodes with another
4 episodes that were never aired.

Today any
network would give its right arm for any show that pulls in 12 million viewers
a week.  To put that into perspective
consider that though everyone can’t stop talking about what a phenomenal
success Empire has been for Fox and network television, A Different World still
pulled in twice the number of viewers than Empire during most of its run on
NBC.

But all this
is to let you know that yesterday that Warner Home Video announced  that its specialty DVD-on-demand label Warner
Archive will be releasing both seasons of Wanda at Large on DVD in April.

No word however
if those four unaired episodes from season two will also be part of the
collection.

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