Wow! The news that actress/comedienne Wanda Sykes has revealed that she's gay certainly put her in the headlines -- witness the huge number of Google hits on the subject. She publicly came out at a weekend rally in Las Vegas to protest the passage of California's notorious Prop. 8 which bans same-sex marriage. Sykes also announced that she had married her partner in October. Congrats to them!
On the TV front, The Flaming Nose is hoping that this burst of Sykes-related publicity might result in a few new viewers for her CBS sitcom, the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-starring The New Adventures of Old Christine, which airs at 8p on Wednesday nights. This is one of the best sitcoms out there, with Wanda and Julia pure delight together. (Apropos of Syke's recent announcement, a very funny episode earlier this season revolved around the two marrying to keep Sykes' character from being deported.) TNAoOC is consistently hilarious, with a cast -- Clark Gregg, Hamish Linklater (my fave), Emily Rutherfurd -- that knows how to deliver a laugh. Even though there's a kid in the cast -- Old Christine's son, played by Trevor Gagnon -- he's awkward and unusual and not at all some typical smart-aleck sitcom brat.
Let's hope that Wanda Sykes' decision to come out wins her even more fans and draws them to The New Adventures of Old Christine. It's a show that doesn't always get the buzz that it genuinely deserves. The Flaming Nose loves Wanda Sykes and we love The New Adventures of Old Christine!