Cue the Dog Pound! Iconic 90’s late-night King Arsenio Hall is returning with television with a new talk show, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Re-teaming with CBS Television Distribution, the company behind his 1989-94 hit show, “The Arsenio Hall Show,” Hall is scheduled to be on a screen near you in the fall of 2013.
“We’re excited to welcome Arsenio back to the family and partnering on his new, late-night syndicated talk show,” CBSTVD president John Nogawski said in announcing the news Monday. “Arsenio had a substantial following with his previous late-night show, and that same 18-34 audience is now right in the middle of the late-night core audience of 35-54. Years ago, he transcended time periods and attracted a crossover audience while bringing a fresh perspective to late night. That same need in the market exists today as when we originally launched. We are looking forward to the same success with Arsenio’s seasoned expertise and appeal in this genre.”
The new show has already been picked up by 17 of the top 20 markets and will be a Monday-Friday format.
Many industry watchers claim that the end was inevitable for Hall the first go ’round after he booked Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan on the show, despite mainstream protest.
Hall most recently appeared on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, where he became the first African-American winner of the show.
I must say, after seeing Hall on an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, it was clear that he was poised for a comeback. He was witty and his commentary was on point. I’m looking forward to seeing what he has to bring to the table.
Everyone raise one, long finger and say it with me:
Let’s. Get. Busy!