August 16, 2012 10:24am PT by Michael O'Connell
Wanda Sykes Joins Logo for Campaign Specials
LGBT-focused cable network Logo has announced plans for two campaign-themed specials in the run up to November's presidential election -- and it has tapped comedian and openly gay celebrity Wanda Sykes to take lead.
NewNowNext Vote with Wanda Sykes focus on the political issues most pertinent to the gay and lesbian community and tape in front of a live studio audience in the network's Times Square studio. The title is another extension of Logo's NewNowNext online presence and annual award show.
“While there has been much progress in civil rights for LGBT Americans over the course of the past few years, this is a crucial time for our community and our quest for equality on all fronts,” said network GM and EVP Lisa Sherman. “Wanda will be the perfect host for the specials, providing her one-of-a-kind take on LGBT concerns and challenges. She’s sure to entertain -- and generate some discussion along the way.”
The first special will air Monday, Sept. 10, at 10 p.m., following the conclusion of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. The second will air at a yet-to-be-announced time on the eve of the Nov. 6 election.
"I'm excited to be working with Logo, the network that offers a voice to the LGBT community," said Sykes. "These specials will be thought provoking, exciting and the perfect forum to discuss important issues facing our community. Plus, it is Logo so maybe I'll get to dress in drag!”