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'Arsenio Hall Show' Hurting For Ratings As Co-Producer Tribune Broadcasting Sweats

  • By Sergio
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  • October 9, 2013 8:34 AM
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Just a few days ago Tambay reported about the sudden departure of Neal Kendeall, the showrunner and executive producer of The Arsenio Hall Show (HERE), which clearly means that things are not going too well on the show.

MTV2 Renews Record-Breaking Series 'Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out' For 2014

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 8, 2013 12:07 PM
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MTV2 today announced that it picked up new season orders for Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out, after the series recently wrapped a record-breaking season on MTV2's Tuesday night lineup.

Film & TV Casting News: Angela Bassett, Danny Glover, Ashley Madekwe, Aldis Hodge, T.I., David Ajala

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 7, 2013 9:30 PM
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Disney Is Taking 'Desperate Housewives' To Lagos In Deal w/ Nigeria-Based EbonyLife TV

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 7, 2013 7:03 PM
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Some cross-continental love...
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'Arsenio Hall Show' Showrunner & Exec Producer Steps Down. What Might This Mean?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 7, 2013 6:05 PM
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It's a sign/indication of something. What that is, I don't know yet. We'll just have to wait to find out.The new show's dipping ratings (after a promising premiere week) likely prompted this change - a ratings slide that I can only attribute to what I've said since the first episode, which is that, it's just not funny enough (his opening monologue and the numerous skits inserted throughout each show); and also the interviews haven't been all-that interesting, and I recommended that he reconsider his writing staff or style, and maybe even the show's overall format. After watching the first full week of episodes, I just wasn't hooked. I've tuned in irregularly since that first week, but rarely long enough each time to watch entire episodes, because I'm just not engaged enough.A restructuring was definitely in order if the show must be saved, and maybe this is only the beginning.I hoped that maybe it'll take a few more episodes for him to regain his mojo, because, despite my lackluster reactions to the show, I'm genuinely rooting for his success - especially given the noticeable absence of black late night talk-show hosts. And I was a huge fan of the previous Arsenio Hall Show. Maybe I was too young then, and it worked for Tambay at that age, but not-so-much today, 20 years later.Although I should add that I don't watch late night talkshows much anymore. None of them with any regularity. I'm more likely to catch individual short clips online, the day after they air, than I am to actually sit through one in full. So it's not just an Arsenio Hall Show problem - at least, in my case.However, I really wanted him to come out swinging - hard - with the guests, the skits, the excitement for what's to come, so that I could experience a similar kind of excitement that I did 20 years ago; but I haven't felt any of that. The show just hasn't been able to tap into that for me. The Arsenio Hall Show has announced that exec producer/showrunner Neal Kendeall is stepping down. While a replacement is found, Eric Pankowski, senior VP of programming and development for the show's distributor CBS TV Distribution, will step in as interim showrunner.Arsenio himself is performing the search for a new exec producer - one that will maybe be a better fit, able to identify and highlight Arsenio's strengths, and help make the show a success.And while I'm not suggesting that the show might eventually be canceled, or not renewed for a second season, the times have changed folks. The TV landscape isn't at all what it used to be, as television itself has seen a radical transformation in the last decade, thanks in large part to the information superhighway known as the world wide web. Competition for eyeballs is INTENSE, with so much demanding the audience's attention, even when at home. So content creators really need to stand out if they're to survive.

Preview Clips From New Series About An NGO In Kenya That Does A Whole Lot Of Nothing!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 7, 2013 4:18 PM
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Hah! When I received notification of this a year ago, without even reading the contents and watching the promo, I laughed. Why? Well, if you're familiar with NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations - a broad term that is often used to describe usually non-profit organizations that are in business - whether operational or advocacy - often to further the political or social goals of their members), you'll be familiar with the many criticisms leveled against them, despite their best intentions.

Montego Glover Books FBI Analyst Role On 'The Following'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 7, 2013 3:12 PM
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Kevin Hart Sets Up Divorce Comedy Series At ABC, Based On His Stand-up Material

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 7, 2013 2:32 PM
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  • 5 Comments
Everyone wants to be in the Kevin Hart business these days! The man is on fire!

Sharon Leal Will Play Russell Hornsby's Love Interest On 'Grimm'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 7, 2013 10:27 AM
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Halle Berry Will Star In Steven Spielberg's CBS Futuristic Thriller 'Extant'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 4, 2013 3:41 PM
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  • 21 Comments
This comes unexpected! But a welcomed surprise.