(The following article appeared in Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily, July 23)
I'm told writers are miffed that Fox's new Wanda Sykes show coming Saturday nights is asking prospective scribes to do a lot of free writing in order to try out for a job there. It's a WGA show, which is not supposed to ask writers to create new material as part of a submission packet. Now, in truth, most shows do it, whether it's Letterman asking for a sample Top Ten list, Conan asking for some sample monologue jokes, etc. But writers tell me they've never seen one with the nerve to ask for this much for free.