Arsenio Hall’s Late Night Show Sets 2013 Premiere

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arsenio hall Arsenio Halls Late Night Show Sets 2013 Premiere

After enjoying a sweet victory on Celebrity Apprentice, comedian Arsenio Hall is looking to stretch his legs as a late night talk show host yet again. The Coming to America and Black Dynamite star hasn’t been in the spotlight too much other than his reality show appearances and guest hosting stint on Piers Morgan Tonight, but Hall is now confirmed to return to late night television with a new syndicated talk show airing across the country.

Deadline reports the currently untitled late night talk show has been confirmed to make a debut in the fall of 2013 and that it has been sold to stations that will make it available in 85% of the country via syndication. It actually marks the first syndicated late night talk show in about 15 years (the last two were The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show and Vibe back in 1997), and that’s kind of a big deal. Syndicated television itself is a difficult thing to pull off nationwide. In late night, it’s almost impossible.

Hall made a surprising splash on the late night scene in 1989 with The Arsenio Hall Show, which ended up running through 1994 (with a total of 103 episodes). With a twist on the similar format used by other staple talk shows at the time, like The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Hall brought a new and honest voice into the late night game. Having guests like Eddie Murphy, MC Hammer, and Bill Clinton, Hall helped revolutionize what late night could be. As for his return, the comedian said, “It’s an amazing feeling to be going home to my old friends and colleagues and firing up our ‘Night Thing.’ Let’s get busy again!”

Here’s Arsenio Hall interviewing Jim Henson just 12 days before he died in 1990

Though it’s been 20 years since Hall was a prominent figure in the public eye, research recently conducted by CBS Television – the studio making the syndicated series – found that late night talk shows are very popular among adults aged 35-54, and that’s the same audiences that would have been watching Hall’s first late-night show back when they were just 18-34. However, with late night being much more saturated now than it was back in the late ’80s/early ’90s, the competition is much more stiff. From Jimmy Kimmel to Jimmy Fallon and the mainstay of Jay Leno and David Letterman, there are a lot of options, but at least Letterman won’t prove to be a problem for Hall this time around. It was the success of Letterman’s new talk show on CBS – following his departure from NBC that spawned the late night wars – that drew CBS affiliates away from supporting Hall’s show.

Either way, Hall was a breakthrough star on the late night scene, and paved the way for African American comedians to have a bigger presence in late night TV. Without Hall’s work, comedians like Chris Rock may never have gotten their own talk shows. Even more recent fare like Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell have followed along the path that Hall helped create. Can Hall drum up the same pomp and circumstance that he found over 20 years ago? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Whichever presidential canidate plays a musical intrument (or showcases a cool talent) on the Arsenio Hall show gets my vote.

  2. nobody call him homophobic… that is all.

  3. Yes, JUST what we need……another late night talk show. ><

    • or a cynic.. > <


  4. The reason why his first attempt at Late Night Talk Show didn’t continue was ratings quickly dropping because it got tiring really, really fast. I don’t hold any type of long running on this new attempt either.

    • Actually the reason the he left is to do other things it was by his own decision to leave the network actually wanted the show for another season I’m just saying get your facts straight

    • That’s why his ratings blew through the roof last-night. Stop hating on the man. He was successful the first time around and hopefully he will be as successful or more successful this time around.

      • He is the king of late night he is back 2 claim his crown

  5. YEAH!!!!!! Warm up the dog Pound!!! WhooWhooWhoo!!!!!

  6. I didn’t even notice him in Black Dynamite…

  7. Wish Arsenio Hall all the best, the second time around. I will be watching, again ;-) .

  8. I have been waiting on the day that Arsenio Hall returns to late night. Most of the so-called jokes on late night now are DRY. Hall brings a new flavor to late night that the viewers are starving for! Let’s get busy, Mr. Hall!!!

  9. I bet his first guest will be Magic Johnson. One of the reasons why he lost his audience, Ervin Magic Johnson was on the most. The biggest womanizer that is still alive, how many kids did he mistakenly father who now play in the nba?

  10. This is GREAT ! That Arsenio Hall is coming back to Late Night Talk Show, he had a lot of fantastic guest on his Previous Late Night Show and so glad that he is coming back, we need a good Late Night Talk Show. Arsenio Hall will be the King of Late Night Talk Show, in Johnny Carson Biography, they mention that Arsenio Hall Late Night Show was passing Johnny Carson ratings, because Arsenio was attracting older and younger audiences. He will do it again, by being No. 1

  11. Glad to see Arsenio return. He was genuine and down to earth. That’s why people liked him.

  12. I am very excited about Arsenio’s return to late night television. I am 56 years of age, just a little above cbs research ratings, and I think the show has been anticpatedly a long time coming. Arsenio, being that you are a dad now, I think it would be good to start your show of with the importants of a child having a father to properly guide him. To spice of that topic you can have Joe Jackson, the father of The Jacksons to talk about “what he thinks would had been the case concerning Michael, if he was managing Michael at the time of mis-fortunate death.” There is a nice video on youtube, called “Foster Child” by G.L.O.C (Glorified Lyrics on Contact) Nah, that I think would be the icing on the cake to set the topic in motion. But, that is just a suggestion on my part ; I am sure that whatever you decide to do will be a success.

  13. Well this time around just leave out the racist stuff Arsenio.

    • Wonderful ! I loved his show back then and I know I’m gonna love his show come this fall 2013. Thank U Arsenio Hall. U are a very good actor too. Would love to see u in more movies,

    • Being out-spoken as he is simply known for in regards to speaking out on certain issues that others are afraid to touch on does not equate to racism. Arsenio Hall had a rainbow of guest come on his show as a matter of fact he offered nia peeples a job to host the (dance show)party machine which came on right after the arsenio hall show.

      It’s amazing to see how everyone is “tight lipped” when a black person is called out for so-called racism — Yet when blacks call out racism we’re complainers and just a bunch of sensitive whiners that need to get over it … right? You’re living proof that double-standards exist. Nothing about Arsenio Hall show spelled out racism, shame on you, he just touched on issues that most people are uncomfortable talking about .. So please don’t pull the race card.

  14. Im glad arsenio is back but it should be on a channel so everyone could see it. I dont know why they took it off the air in the first place. There os no way letterman show was bettet