It’s the return of late night television.
Iconic media personality Arsenio Hall is partnering with CBS Television Distribution for a new talk show, reports The Hollywood Reporter. CBSTVD, previously named Paramount Domestic Television, was behind’s Hall’s 1989-94 hit show, “The Arsenio Hall Show.”
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“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 is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2013 and will be a Monday-Friday format. Arsenio Hall was an iconic figure in the ’90s. It was there that President Bill Clinton stopped by to woo the Black vote with his shades and saxophone.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson also appeared on the show the day after he announced to the world that he had contracted HIV. From Madonna to NWA, “The Arsenio Hall Show” had it all. There is no sure way of knowing what he will pull out of his hat this time around, but all we can say is: