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Flashback To 1997 - Remember Arsenio Hall's Short-Lived Sitcom Co-Starring Vivica Fox?

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 17, 2013 at 2:46PM

I'm finally getting around to reading Nicole Laporte's tome, The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks. I bought it in 2011 when it was published, but just never go around to reading it until now.
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I'm finally getting around to reading Nicole Laporte's tome, The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks. I bought it in 2011 when it was published, but just never go around to reading it until now. 

It's an entertaining read; not terribly eye-opening thus far (I'm about a third of the way through it), but I'm picking up a few things here and there, as well as reminders of previous noteworthy events, like the company's early failed attempts into television - one of which was the scripted series titled Arsenio.

I'd completely forgotten that talk-host Arsenio Hall once starred in his very own TV comedy sitcom, opposite Vivica A. Fox as his wife. Laporte's book mentions it, although as more of a footnote in highlighting DreamWorks' early TV ventures.

Does anyone remember it? Did you watch any of it?

If you don't recall nor did you watch it, I wouldn't be too surprised, since only a total of 7 episodes aired on ABC, between March 5 and April 23, 1997, before it was canceled. This was 3 years after The Arsenio Hall Show - his late night talk show - went off the air in 1994.

Arsenio was an Atlanta-set comedy in which Hall starred as the host of a sports TV show, who's also newly married to his lawyer wife (played by Vivica A. Fox). It was centered primarily on the comedy and drama of his life on the job as well as at home, where his wife's younger brother (played by Alimi Ballard), a slacker Harvard graduate, lived with them.

The show was canceled rather quickly, according to Laporte's book, because of low ratings.

Here are 10 minutes of the pilot episode as a refresher:

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