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Arsenio Hall Faces $2M Lawsuit From Scribe Who Says He Was Promised Head Writer Job

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 8:41pm PDT

Paul Raff, whose credits include more than five years writing for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, is suing the late-night host, The Arsenio Hall Show exec producer John Ferriter and CBS Studios over what he claims were broken promises for him to take a key job on the syndicated talker. In a suit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court arsenio-hall-show-2013-lead(read it here), Raff claims that an August 2012 meeting with Arsenio Hall and Ferriter resulted in an agreement that Raff he would be employed as head writer of the show. The suit also says that “Raff agreed to make Ferriter his exclusive representative and Ferriter agree to counsel and direct Raff in the development of his career.” The terms of the rep deal were put it a contract, but the pact “was never executed, so the parties operated pursuant to an oral agreement.” The filing goes on to say that “in the spirit of loyalty to Ferriter,” Raff agreed to take a freelance job writing, producing and directing clips for Hall’s website and that Ferriter “repeatedly promised that the job would dovetail into the pre-production phase of the series in the summer of 2013.” Raff claims he and Hall “completed five clips for the website, but Hall failed to shoot more because he was lazy and afraid of failure.” The suit adds that Hall “liked every bit” of Raff’s writing and that Raff in a subsequent meeting “dazzled … Read More »

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Arsenio Hall And Prince Tie Jimmy Kimmel In Demo

By | Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 11:56am PST

Prince ArsenioArsenio Hall‘s syndicated show, with guest/musical performer Prince, snagged a 1.4/3 in the overnights — a 56% jump compared to its February sweep average. In the demo, The Arsenio Hall Show jumped 50% to a 0.6/2, which put it in a tie with Jimmy Kimmel Live! (0.6/3) and bested Conan (0.4/1), Chelsea Lately (0.2/1) and others in the demo. On the rare television appearance (he recently appeared as himself in Fox’s post-Super Bowl episode of New Girl), Prince performed a new tune, “Funknroll,” and took questions from the audience. Prince also performed the vintage  track “She’s Always In My Hair” and premiered new song “Mutiny” with his group 3RDEYEGIRL joining him, The New Power Generation and a 30-piece band onstage. Read More »

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‘Arsenio Hall Show’ Renewed For Season 2 – With Help From Jay Leno: Video

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 5:54pm PST

ArsenioLenoJay Leno stopped by for tonight’s taping to surprise Arsenio Hall with the announcement that CBS Television Distribution renewed The Arsenio Hall Show for a second season. (The show already had a two-year deal with the stations led by Tribune Broadcasting, so the pickup of the syndicated late-night talker was largely a formality). It marks Leno’s first TV appearance since departing The Tonight Show on February 7. Arsenio debuted September 9. “Actually, on the second season, I’m gonna be hosting — they didn’t tell you that part,” Leno joked after sneaking up on his former rival. Check it out:

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Arsenio Hall Accepts Brian Williams’ Apology For Photo Snub, Insists Suge Knight Went Off Script: Video

Arsenio Hall took a victory lap on hisArsenio-Hall-310x400__120529212241 show last night and insisted Suge Knight had gone off script the night before when he said Brian Williams had “so many hours” to apologize for omitting Hall’s photo from a recent newscast  or “he leaves”. Hall’s program last night aired hours after Williams apologized on NBC Nightly News for leaving Hall’s photo out of a montage of late-night hosts the newscast had run on Monday while plugging Jimmy Fallon’s debut as host of NBC’s Tonight Show.

Related: Brian Williams Apologizes To Arsenio Hall For Leaving Him Out Of ‘NBC Nightly News’ Late-Night Montage

“A lot of people apparently called NBC last night on my behalf. Well, it worked — we crashed the switchboard!” Hall boasted to his studio audience and viewers at home last night. Hall insisted Knight had gone off script the previous night when Hall brought him out on stage to be the “angry black man” with a message to NBC News and Williams about the snub. “I didn’t know who to call — I’m from the neighborhood, so I called Suge Knight and he stopped by and delivered a message to journalists.” But the message was directed at Williams with Knight telling Hall, “You’re the West Coast; we’re gonna give him so many days, so many hours, to get it right,” adding that if Williams does not, “he leaves.”
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Brian Williams Apologizes To Arsenio Hall For Leaving Him Out Of ‘NBC Nightly News’ Late-Night Montage: Video

By | Wednesday February 19, 2014 @ 5:02pm PST

Brian Williams apologized on the NBC Nightly News from Sochi tonight, to syndicated late-night host Arsenio Hall after NBC News left Hall’s photo off brianwilliamsa Brady Bunch-esque photo montage of late-night stars. The montage was part of NBC News’ walk-up story Monday on NBC star Jimmy Fallon’s debut as new host of NBC’s Tonight Show. Naturally, the graphic included photos of of NBC-parent Comcast’s late-night stars: Arsenio Hall Brian WilliamsChelsea Handler — Andy Cohen got the middle square — and even Carson Daly was included (NBC’s new “Late Night” host Seth Meyers was not in the montage, but he doesn’t debut til Monday). Also in the collection: CBS’ Dave Letterman and Craig Ferguson; ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel; former NBC star Conan O’Brien, who is now on TBS; as well as Comedy Central stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. In a voice-over, Williams was heard talking about all the media types “slugging it out for the turf Johnny Carson used to own.”

Related: Brian Williams Critiques Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Set

Tonight, in bringing up the montage, Williams said: “Arsenio is a late-night veteran and he took us to task on his show. He even urged audience members to call our newsroom.” Later, Williams added conciliatorily: “So, in apologizing to Arsenio we just wanted to point out that at least you’re in good company here.” Last July, Williams noted, NBC News left the state of New Hampshire off a map and had to apologize to a U.S. senator, and just last night on the broadcast they spelled the name of the City of Brotherly Love as PHILADELPIA. “So, chalk it up to being on the air at 4 AM in the morning in Russia — but it won’t happen again,” Williams promised. Read More »

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Eddie Murphy To Guest On ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 11:36am PST

Eddie Murphy will reunite with his Coming To America co-star Arsenio Hall during a visit to Hall’s late-night talker on November 19. Murphy was no stranger to the original Arsenio Hall Show, appearing six times, but this is his first visit to Hall’s new CBS TV Distribution-produced show. Murphy’s expected to chat about his upcoming album 9 and his collaboration with Snoop Dogg on the single “Red Light,” among other things. There’s been a push for noisier guests on the syndicated late-night show in an effort to boost ratings since the recent exec producer changeover. Zooey Deschanel, Mayim Bialik and Sherri Shepherd are scheduled to appear on November 18. Whoopi Goldberg is set for November 20 and Mike Tyson for November 27.

Related: Arsenio Hall Gets Good Sampling In Return To Late-Night TV

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‘Arsenio’ Makes Executive Producer Change

By | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 6:57pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Four weeks into its run, Arsenio Hall‘s syndicated late-night show is making a behind-the scenes change. I’ve learned that Neal Kendall is stepping down as an executive producer of the CBS TV Distribution-produced talker. According to a source close to the production, his last day was today. I hear in the interim, Kendall will be replaced on by CTD SVP Programming and Development Eric Pankowski, who has been overseeing The Arsenio Hall Show since he joined the company in May. He will work alongside executive producers Hall and his manager, Octagon’s John Ferriter. After a blazing-hot start, Arsenio has retreated in the ratings but has been relatively stable and still does OK in the demos. (though a commenter noted that the show hit a 18-49 low in the metered markets on Thursday, the day before the EP exit.) According to sources, the executive producer switch was done as a proactive move to shore up the show’s long-term prospects with the right fit in the key position. Kendall was tapped as EP of Arsenio in February after a 10-year stint on Tavis Smiley.

Related: Arsenio Hall Gets Good Sampling In Return To Late-Night

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Arsenio Hall Gets Good Sampling In Return To Late-Night TV: Video

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 9:22am PDT

The last time Arsenio Hall stepped onstage as host of a late-night talk show, Bill Clinton was in the White House and Miley Cyrus was in diapers. And the three “surprise guests” who turned up on last night’s premiere of The Arsenio Hall Show already were big stars. The syndicated show featured a couple of songs by Snoop Dogg (not Snoop Lion), some squirm-inducing scripted banter with Paula Abdul (oh, she loves Arsenio so) and a funny open, featuring Hall’s 25-minute-a-night current rival Jay Leno (watch that bit below). As for ratings: The Arsenio Hall Show bowed as the top-rated late-night broadcast program among the 18-49 and 25-54 demos, according to early stats. Arsenio scored a 1.0/4 in adults 18-49 and a 1.2/5 in adults 25-54 in Nielsen’s Local People Meter markets, beating his late-night broadcast competitors in those markets. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, NBC’s Tonight clocked 0.6/3 in 18-49; CBS’ Late Show logged 0.5/3, though it was delayed by a primetime overrun; and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live posted a 0.8/4. Read More »

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TCA: Arsenio Hall Looking To “Finish What He Started” With Late-Night Show

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

An extremely chatty and ebullient Arsenio Hall proved he’s ready to leap back into the late-night talk fray at TCA this afternoon, holding court onstage and showing a certain reluctance to leave during a session that ran nearly 15 minutes overtime. Hall’s new CBS Television Distribution syndie effort premieres September 9 and is cleared in all of the major markets. It’s been 19 years since Hall departed the late-night air with his Paramount talker and 16 years since both short-lived The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show and Vibe premiered in fall 1997. Hall was positively giddy while chattering about his plans for the new show. When he left the nightly air nearly two decades ago, the Internet was still more or less in its infancy and social media was non-existent. Consequently, he’s planning for social media to be a big part of the new show. “It can drive people from the computer to the TV screen,” he said. “But it’s not necessarily essential. [Jay] Leno isn’t really into it, and yet he’s No. 1…I’m excited to jump back into it. When you write a joke and you’re able to use Google (for you’re research)…I can’t wait to write jokes and do comedy and prepare interviews in this digital world.” When asked how the look and the feel of The Arsenio Hall Show will be, he indicated that it’s not really going to be so different from any other show. “Basically, what I’ll do is just assert my personality and hope people will hang with me…But the challenges are gigantic now. What I’ve got to be is better than one guy that’s there already. You don’t have to go after Chelsea’s fans or Leno’s fans to be in the game.” Read More »

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‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ Names Senior Production Team

Two veterans of the original Arsenio Hall Show are returning for the new talker: Senior Talent Producer Claudia Cagan and Producer Makiko Ushiyama served as Talent Executive and Senior Talent Coordinator, respectively, on Arsenio Hall‘s 1989-94 late-night program.  Cagan is joined by Talent Producers Renee Henson and Luke Sader, as well as Music Producer Christopher McDonald. In addition, Holly Crosby and Stephanie Storey have been hired as Coordinating Producers. Cagan most recently served as Senior Segment Producer at E! News. Ushiyama moves to  The Arsenio Hall Show from Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live, where she worked as a Segment Producer. CBS Television Distribution‘s syndicated late-night talker debuts September 9.

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‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ Taps Leon Knoles As Director

Leon Knoles will serve as director for CBS Television Distribution‘s syndicated late-night talker The Arsenio Hall Show, which debuts September 9. The move was announced today by executive producers Arsenio Hall, John Ferriter and Neal Kendall. Knoles began his career as a technical director on such shows as American Idol, Last Comic Standing, The BET Honors, and the Comedy Central Roast as well as stints on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Real Time With Bill Maher, The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live With Kelly and The Wayne Brady Show. He segued to directing with Damon Wayans’ comedy special Way Out for Comedy Central. He has directed several specials for PBS including The National Tree Lighting, The Tenors Lead With Your Heart, Country Music: In Performance At The White House, Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy, Gloria Estefan: The Standards and The Motown Sound: In Performance At The White House.

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Arsenio Hall Tells Lawyers About Moonves Wisecrack: “That Doesn’t Leave This Room”

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 9:35pm PDT

Tonight the Beverly Hills Bar Association honored Del, Shaw, Moonves  Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano partner Nina Shaw with its 2013 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year award. Best moment of the evening? Arsenio Hall waving off stage Shaw partner and CBS Inc Chief Les Moonves’ brother with the wisecrack: “That was Jon Moonves, the good-looking Moonves.” Immediately Hall told the audience: ”That doesn’t leave this room. I’m not kidding. If you want to see me back on TV, that doesn’t leave this room!” (The Arsenio Hall Show marks his September 9th return to late night via CBS TV Distribution and Tribune.) The Shaw tribute dinner featured clips from Jamie Foxx, Laurence Fishburne, Nick Cannon, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Arsenio Hall’s Syndicated Late-Night Talk Show Hires Executive Producer

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 12:14pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Neal Kendall has been named executive producer of The Arsenio Hall Show, CBS TV Distribution’s syndicated late-night talk show slated to launch on Sept. 9. Kendall most recently did a 10-year stint as exec producer of Tavis Smiley, overseeing more than 1,900 episodes of the talk show. Additionally, APA-repped Kendall has served as producer on NBC’s Later, CBS’s The Late Late Show With Tom Snyder and CNN’s Larry King Live as well as Carrie Fisher’s talker for Oxygen Media, Jesse Ventura’s for MSNBC and Kevin Nealon’s for TNN/Spike. The Arsenio Hall Show, which marks Hall’s return to late-night, is in partnership with Tribune, whose stations serve as a launch group.

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TV TEASER: First Promo For Arsenio Hall’s New Syndicated Late-Night Show

By | Friday December 21, 2012 @ 8:13am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Arsenio Hall‘s new syndicated late-night talk show will look a lot like the old one, with the same name, The Arsenio Hall Show, and the “Woof, Woof, Woof!” chant in full force. That’s according to the first promo for the show, titled “The Legend Is Back,” which reveals September 9 as its premiere date next fall. The CBS TV Distribution project took off after a deal with the Tribune stations in April. It was subsequently cleared in most of the country.

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Arsenio Hall’s Late-Night Talk Show Now A Firm Go For Fall 2013, Sold In 85% Of US

By | Thursday August 9, 2012 @ 8:14am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It is now official: The Arsenio Hall late-night syndicated talk show will debut in Fall 2013 as CBS TV Distribution has sold the strip to stations in more than 85% of the country. Tribune Broadcasting was CTD’s original producing partner that provided the anchor station group with its 17 stations, including the top three markets. Now the strip has been cleared in all of the top 50 markets. In addition to the Tribune, CBS Television and local TV stations that initially signed on, stations from Sinclair Broadcasting, LIN Television Stations, Belo Corp., Cox Enterprises, Media General, Post-Newsweek Stations, Newport Television, Raycom Media and The Grant Group have also picked up the show.

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It’s Official: CBS TV Distribution To Do Late-Night Talk Show With Arsenio Hall; Show Cleared In 52% Of US Via Tribune Deal

Nellie Andreeva

Arsenio Hall Talk ShowUPDATED: Two decades after Arsenio Hall‘s successful turn as a late-night syndicated talk show host, he is at it again. The actor-comedian has signed a deal with CBS TV Distribution for a syndicated late-night talk strip for fall 2013. As expected, Tribune Broadcasting has come aboard to partner in the production of the show, which is set to launch on 17 Tribune stations — including in the three largest markets on WPIX-New York, at 11 PM; KTLA-Los Angeles, at 11 PM.; and WGN-Chicago, at 10 PM. The late-night show has already been sold in the top 10 markets and 17 of the top 20 markets, representing 52% of the country. While that doesn’t constitute an official green light, “there is a pretty good chance that we will be seeing the program in fall 2013,” said CTD president John Nogawski, who expects the show to get a first go for next fall by end of summer with the addition of more station clearances. This would be the first syndicated late-night talk show in about 15 years, since the short-lived The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show and Vibe, which launched in fall 1997.

Related: Arsenio Hall Tests Syndicated Talk Show Waters

The announcement comes on the heels of Hall’s return to the spotlight as the winner of the most recent season of Celebrity Apprentice. But Nogawski noted that, while Hall’s turn on the Donald Trump-hosted reality show “was a nice thing for the audience to remember him by,” it wasn’t a factor in CTD’s decision to do a late-night show with him. “I have a 20-year history with the guy,” said Nogawski, who oversaw Hall’s previous syndicated late-night talk show at CTD predecessor Paramount Domestic TV. Read More »

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Arsenio Hall Tests Syndicated Talk Show Waters

By | Tuesday May 29, 2012 @ 2:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Arsenio Hall Talk ShowBack in the headlines after his recent Celebrity Apprentice win, Arsenio Hall is mulling a return to the late-night syndicated talk show circuit. I hear Hall has been in talks with CBS TV Distribution about a project that also may involve Tribune. There are no deals in place but if conversations materialize, Hall will likely film a presentation. CBS TV Distribution declined comment. Immediately following his Celebrity Apprentice victory a week ago, Hall spoke publicly of his desire to return to television in a more permanent fashion. A deal with CBS TV Distribution would mark a reunion for the company and Hall. His syndicated late-night Arsenio Hall Show, which ran from 1989 to 1994, was produced by CBS TV Distribution predecessor Paramount Domestic TV.

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