Wanda Sykes Takes on Reality with NBC First Look Deal

Wanda Sykes (Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

By Jethro Nededog

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – Wanda Sykes is living up to her reputation for keeping it real. The comedian and actress has signed a first look deal for unscripted projects with NBC/Universal Television’s alternative studio, a rep confirms to TheWrap.

The comedian and Page Hurwitz’s Push It Productions will develop and produce the unscripted projects.

“We are very excited to be working with NBC/Universal,” Hurwitz said. “We have partnered with a terrific team and we’re looking forward to getting started.”

To which Sykes joked, “Wait, I thought we were getting ‘The Tonight Show.'”

Known for her comedic specials and acting gigs, Sykes has previously acted as executive producer on her Fox talk show, “The Wanda Sykes Show,” Comedy Central’s “Wanda Does It,” and as a writer/producer on HBO’s “The Chris Rock Show,” among other projects.

Hurwitz brings a strong background in producing to the deal. She executive produced Rosie O’Donnell’s daily talk show on OWN, as well as the reality competition, “Last Man Standing,” and Jerry Seinfeld’sThe Marriage Ref” for NBC.

This latest pact is the latest in the studio’s big sweep of unscripted production deals, which include Jason Ehrlich (“The Bachelor”), David A. Hurwitz (“Fear Factor”) and Lee Metzger (“The Voice”).

Deadline first reported the deal.

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