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‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ Cancelled After One Season

By | Friday May 30, 2014 @ 2:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

arsenio-hall-show-2013-leadJay Leno’s touch couldn’t help pal Arsenio Hall make it beyond one season in his return to late-night. After weeks of speculation, CBS Television Distribution has made a decision not to proceed with a second season of the syndicated Arsenio Hall Show, despite renewing the show for Season 2 in February after securing a two-year deal with the Tribune stations pre-launch. Leno surprised Hall in February when he made his first TV appearance after departing The Tonight Show to give him the news of the show’s renewal.

But, after a stellar launch (1.9 in households, 1.0 in adults 18-49), The Arsenio Hall Show quickly faded in the ratings and never bounced back, despite a boost from a highly-rated Prince episode in March and appearances by Leno and Eddie Murphy. CBSTD tried righting the ship with an executive producer change in October when Eric Pankowski replaced Neal Kendall at the helm. In the end, nothing helped. The Arsenio Hall Show, which has wrapped production, has recently averaged a paltry 0.7 rating in households and a 0.3 in 18-49 and has been plagued by a slew of station downgrades. “While there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue,” a CBSTD spokesperson said. “Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we’d like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. We’d also like … Read More »

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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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Steve McQueen On The Violence In ‘12 Years A Slave’: “Either I Was Going To Make A Film About Slavery Or I Wasn’t”: Video

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 10:00pm PST

The Oscar-nominated director of 12 Years A Slave was on The Arsenio Hall Show tonight addressing his critics and weighing in on why he believes Hollywood had never created “a real portrayal of slavery.” Steve McQueen says his film is about survival and love, and he credits Barack Obama for “allowing artists and filmmakers to have the authority” to tell the slaves’ story. Here’s the clip:

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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.

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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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‘Dr. Phil’ Up In Premiere, ‘Arsenio’ & ‘Bethenny’ Dip In Day 2, ‘Ellen’ Still Tops

By | Wednesday September 11, 2013 @ 12:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The 12th season premiere of Dr. Phil, featuring an interview with the mother of Gia Allemand, drew a 2.7/8 household rating. That was up 17% from the show’s opener last fall. In Women 25-54, the veteran CBS Distribution talker logged a 1.2/8. Ellen was the top daytime syndicated talk show for a second straight day, posting a 2.9/8 in HH and 1.6/10 in W25-54, down slightly from its season premiere but still ahead of last September’s average as the talk show is yet to get a boost from lead-in Steve Harvey, which returns to originals next week. Live With Kelly & Michael was a close second with a 2.8/10 and 1.4/11. Katie (1.7/5, 0.7/4) was down 15% in HH and 36% in W 25-54 from its second season debut on Monday.

Of the newcomers, Bethenny (0.8/3, 0.5/4) was off by a tenth in each category from its so-so premiere. CBS/Tribune’s late-night talker, The Arsenio Hall Show, cooled off after a hot debut with a 1.5 HH rating, down 21% from Monday but still 50% above the time period’s average last fall. The show was affected by President Barack Obama’s primetime address, which pushed the start of Arsenio in several markets. As insiders predicted, The Test is proving sturdy, keeping steady at a 0.7 HH rating.

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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’ Cleared In 95% Of Country

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 10:10am PST

The new late-night syndicated talk show officially became a go for the fall schedule after its clearances reached 85% of the country back in August. Now CBS Television Distribution has sold the strip in 95% of the U.S. ahead of its September 9 launch in mostly 10 PM and 11 PM slots. Tribune Broadcasting has stations in seven of the top 10 markets and is joined by pickups from CBS Television, Local TV, Sinclair Broadcasting, LIN Television Stations, Belo Corp, Cox Enterprises, Media General, Post-Newsweek Stations, Newport Television, Raycom Media, The Grant Group and Sunbeam Television. The Arsenio Hall Show is produced by CBS TV Distribution in association with Arsenio Hall Communications and Octagon Entertainment Prods. Hall is executive producer, and John Ferriter is executive producer.

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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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