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Wanda Sykes Gets the Stand-Up Special Netflix Finally Paid For

ALSO: The Voice, NCIS, Black-ish, Blood and Treasure, and more.
  • Wanda Sykes makes her long-awaited Netflix stand-up special debut in Not Normal, airing tonight. (Photo: Netflix)
    Wanda Sykes makes her long-awaited Netflix stand-up special debut in Not Normal, airing tonight. (Photo: Netflix)

    With Netflix's aggressive efforts to put out stand-up comedy specials, you wouldn't think it would take so long to get one of the preeminent voices in stand-up onto their platform. So why didn't Wanda Sykes land at the streaming giant earlier? One word: money.

    You may recall the whole dust-up a while back between Netflix and Mo'Nique after the Oscar winning actress and comedian went public with her frustration over what she saw as Netflix low-balling her when trying to negotiate payment for a proposed stand-up special. Sykes tweeted in support of Mo'Nique, saying that Netflix had offered her less than half of the $500,000 they offered Mo'Nique. This prompted a whole lot of discussion about Netflix and their commitment to black female comedians. In response, Netflix ultimately signed Tiffany Haddish and Sykes — to which Sykes later clarified that she ended up signing with Netflix because "they moved that comma." 

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: We're finally getting a Wanda Sykes Netflix stand-up special, titled Wanda Sykes: Not Normal. One of the most talented and gifted stand-ups in the business, Sykes's previous HBO specials, Sick & Tired and I'ma Be Me, are modern-day classics. Streaming on Netflix

    SEASON FINALE: The second part of the two-night finale of The Voice airs tonight, with judges Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, and Blake Shelton on hand to celebrate the eventual winner. Also promised are returning fan-favorite performances as well as special appearances by recording artists. 8:00 PM ET on NBC

    SEASON FINALE: The fifth season finale of Black-ish comes on the heels of last week's news that spin-off prequel Mixed-ish has been ordered for next season. As for Dre (Anthony Anderson) and modern-day  Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross), they spend tonight's season finale trying to talk Junior (Marcus Scribner) out of taking a job with Migos and instead going back to school. Sounds like a tough sell. 9:00 PM ET on ABC

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    Joe Reid is the senior writer at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.

    TOPICS: Wanda Sykes, Netflix, Black-ish, Blood & Treasure, The Voice, Standup Comedy