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It's Official! Arsenio Hall Is Returning To Late Night TV! (And Going For The Old Folks)

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by Courtney
June 18, 2012 5:46 PM
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It's done! After all the rumors that it might happen.

In an exclusive interview with Nancy O'Dell, Arsenio Hall revealed that he IS returning to late night TV with a new talk show.

And the crowd goes wild!

But you'll have to wait until the Fall of 2013. It'll be on CBS.

Who would his dream first guests be? Jay-Z, Beyonce and the baby.

Who would he love to have as his first musical guest? Eminem.

But to give a bit further background on the new talk show, the syndicated late night talk show will be produced by CBS Television Distribution and Tribune Entertainment targeting a 11PM time slot (10 PM Central) with key markets in New York, Chicago and L.A, already on board.

The as yet untitled program (Arsenio perhaps?) will be carried in other cities such as Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Detroit and Pittsburgh on CBS CW network affiliates. Already the show has been sold to TV stations covering over 50%  the country

But what's even more interesting is that the show is intentionally focusing on attracting multi-racial, older viewers from 35-54. Networks execs believe that that audience is being underserved and the most available.

According to Sean Compton, Tribune Broadcasting presdient of progamming and entertainment, "We can't shy away from it. Forty, 45, 50 - those are the sweet spot of our demos. We can get caught up in trying to be hip and fresh, when in really 45 is not old. And these are the people who still watch traditional TV and have traditional viewing habits."

He futher continued: "These viewers have found memories of Arsenio and of him as a personality. Why wouldn't we want to bring him back?"

As a TV analyst was also quoted about the show that she sees "an opening for a reconstituted Hall to click with multiculturial audiences in a big way than network or cable latenight fare. There's an opportunity there. He's someone who can appeal to a multiculturial audience and can gave a different favor to latenight."

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7 Comments

  • Richardo | June 25, 2012 4:59 AMReply

    Good news!

  • Doreen | June 20, 2012 5:45 PMReply

    Yay!
    I know this will work, and I won't be surprised if the younguns watch.
    Anyway, I hope he does not have Eminem as one of his first guests.

  • JMac | June 19, 2012 11:51 PMReply

    I guess stooping for Trump worked. Hopefully he still has skills. I'll tune in if it's available here.

  • Patti | June 19, 2012 2:13 PMReply

    Love it! The network execs are waking up to the age demographic that has been ignored for so long. It's not ALL about kids and teens, there are many baby boomers who still put a lot of money into entertainment. Look at the movie "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and how it started being shown on 27 movie screens on May 6th and then on June 10 was up to 1,298 movie screens. There's a market for clean positive non-violent movies and TV shows. Think what a market a clean love story set in the restaurant biz would have--especially when it's already been seen all over the world. Check out www.remake4water.org...c'mon, let's do it!

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 19, 2012 9:13 AMReply

    Nostalgia's got my interest piqued. I remember sneak-watching "Arsenio" when I was little, trying to stay up to see who'd be on the show. I still recall the appearance of a cool white man in shades playing a saxophone, how we seduced the crowd before talking about how he wanted to be President of the United States. In my head I thought, "This guy's got my vote! [in our school's mock election that meant absolutely nothing -- I'd voted for Dukakis back in kindergarten (lol)]"

  • dean | June 18, 2012 11:13 PMReply

    The time slot is when many stations have on the late local news and before Letterman/Leno/Nightline. I wonder if the target stations are not network stations but the non-network stations. If it's more than 30 minutes, it will compete with Letterman/Leno/Nightline on CBS/NBC/ABC. It's a syndicated show, so that seems to be the case.

  • Jai | June 18, 2012 6:08 PMReply

    I'm happy for him. Damn will he be on after the Late Late Show which is after David Letterman? If that's the case it'll be a morning show not late night.

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