Arsenio Hall Returns to Late Night TV

by Liane Membis

Arsenio-HallAfter Oprah Winfrey’s departure from daytime television there has been talks and buzz about who will seize the daytime talk throne. A slew of talk shows have launched within the past couple of years to fill the void – but one area that seems to remain untouched by media heads is late night television. It is obvious that the diversity of hosts after 6 p.m. wanes in major media, with T.J. Holmes being a lone ranger with his late night hour-long show ‘Don’t Sleep’.  As the network struggles to attract black viewers, another black male host will be adding his mix into the late night television world.

Remember Arsenio Hall? The comedian hosted The Arsenio Hall Show in the early 1990s, and his show was met with great success by younger audiences. On September 9, 2013, Arsenio is back with an all-new syndicated talk show. A promo has emerged giving viewers a glimpse of what Arsenio’s return will be like.

“Some say he never existed at all. But others swear that when night grips the city, if you close your eyes and listen — really listen — you can still hear the pulse-pounding, hair-raising, spine-chilling sounds of… the Wolfman,” a voice says on the promo track, speaking of Arsenio’s branded talent.

In a television landscape that is unlike the era in which Hall first built success and continues to struggle with black viewership for positive programming, do you think this late night show will stand be able to find an audience and survive?

  • dirtychai

    Cool. I like Arsenio and his perfectly arched eyebrows, haha. I faintly remember his show in the 1990s, so I’ll check for this one.

  • Kenzy

    looking forward to it! i just hope it isnt such a drastic change for the things that made us love the first talk show..case in point ive only watched a few episodes of ricki lakes new show as its completely different from her last..now i admit her first version was the foolishness but thats what i loved and now its no more GO ricki go ricki its like tea time lol now if only richard bey would come back lol j/k

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    Exciting!

    Woof woof woof woof woof woof woof!

  • Yvette

    Which network is it on??

  • Lee Menefee

    When Arsenio left late night TV, I stopped watching late night TV because it lacked real diversity. The original show was “hip”! The viewer was made to feel like Arsenio was having a party with all the coolest people and you were invited. The monologue, the guest, the music and the conversation was cutting edge versus being trendy. It gave several unseen artist and entertainers a voice and a place to be seen nationally. The show was and is very necessary for America’s emerging markets. Welcome back Arsenio! As a footnote – I attended Ohio University with Arsenio and he predicted that he’d be on TV and we’d be saying … “Man, I know that brother!” :) Again welcome back and great career move!

  • THe Comment

    Please….Just pick up where you started off. Get the same set, the same band and the same couch. Hell…u can wear the same suit…just don’t change.

  • Joy

    Yvette: Preliminary word is that the show will air on CBS

  • Joy

    Kenzy: You like Ricki Lake’s new show? The few Ricki episodes I’ve seen were boring. Just like Kati Couric’s show is boring. I prefer Wendy, and Steve Harvey’s shows

  • Anansa

    Wishing you the best my Homeman Arsenio!

  • http://www.janelreliford.com Janel

    I grew up on Arsenio Hall and look at him he has not aged a bit. Late night really hasn’t been the same with out him. My mother would let me stay up to watch him. I don’t watch late night, because nothings that interesting. Glad he’s back.

  • Rosey

    Semiiii!!!!! (Coming to America voice)

  • Beautiful Mic

    Watching Arsenio hall with my fam was one of my the highlights of my childhood!

    Arsenioooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo-Hall!

    Whoo, whoo, whoo!

    I wonder if he will have the same announcer.

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