U.S. cable network Logo says it plans to air two hourlong "NewNowNext Vote with Wanda Sykes" election specials starring the openly gay comedian.
To be taped in New York, the programs will "educate, activate and entertain viewers while shining a spotlight on the state of national politics through an LGBT lens," said the network, whose target audience is the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The specials also will feature a "rapid-fire, roundtable format with notable panelists from both sides of the political aisle," Logo said.
The first program will air Sept. 10, four days after the Democratic National Convention. The second will premiere Nov. 5, the eve of the presidential election.
"I'm excited to be working with Logo, the network that offers a voice to the LGBT community," Sykes said in a statement Thursday. "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!"
"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 Lisa Sherman, Logo's executive vice president and general manager. "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."