Woof! Woof! Arsenio Hall Returning to Late-Night Television

After a 19-year hiatus, the fist-pumping comedian is coming back with a new show

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Arsenio Hall of the TV show "The Arsenio Hall Show" attends the Television Critic Association's Summer Press Tour on July 29, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

We can only hope for a return of The Dog Pound from Arsenio Hall — and we might get it with the comedian making a light-night television comeback this September.

Coming off a 19-year hiatus, Hall expects to grab a mix of demographics with his new CBS-owned show—the nationally syndicated Arsenio Hall Show will play across a variety of stations, depending on the market—knowing some former viewers, likely into their 40s by now, will simply want to see where his life has led, while the younger generation will want to tune in for his take on music and comedy culture.

Hey, this could be the perfect father-son late-night television date.

While Hall, 57, certainly wants to pump his own television brand that provided a bit livelier studio audience in the yesteryears of television—producers call this new Sept. 9 debut a “party”—he understands the late-night landscape has vastly changed since his five-year run decades ago. He’s okay with that, telling audiences during his ongoing promotional tour that he’s certainly changed, even if his spiritedness remains.

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Amidst slumping viewership, Hall stepped away from his first foray into late-night television in 1994, focusing on his family and his comedy since. His gentle return to public life took a national step when he won Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice in 2012, setting the stage for more public appearances en route to the launch of the 2013 gig.

Now he’s hoping to take the apprentice part right out of his business model, returning to a seat that has him welcoming pop and hip-hop musicians, comedians and celebrities of all sorts.

“It’s kind of the same Arsenio you know — less hair, less shoulder pad — but inserting myself into this culture of music, comedy, pop and hop,” he said during a press tour.

Hall will film at Sunset Bronson studios in Los Angeles and has signed on The Posse, a five-member band led by Robin DiMaggio, to bring musical life to his set. We’ll just wait and see how much of a party it really turns out to be.


An Awesome PR Move For Arsenio HallJaws Jumbo Burgers of Farmington Hills, MI is calling out former Talk Show Host Arsenio Hall. They say that he should try the burger they created in his honor because it would be a good PR move for his new show this fall.


 Late Night Host Burger Line UpPRLog (Press Release) - Jun. 25, 2013 - FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. -- Jaws Jumbo Burgers, a popular burger joint in Farmington Hills, MI added Arsenio Hall to their Late Night Host Celebrity Burger menu after the announcement of his new late night talk show airing this September. Arsenio has been off the air for almost twenty years.  Many of the Jaws Burger customers under the age of 30 enjoy “The Welcome Back Arsenio Hall Burger” but don’t know who he is. In order to introduce Arsenio to their younger customers, the Jaws Crew made a funny mini-video montages which they play in the store and are on  You-Tube called “All Things Arsenio Hall”, Real People, Real Customers, and Real Fans. Older and younger Jaws customers are asked if they know who Arsenio Hall is, if they know about his new show and who should be his first guest. One kid interviewed after eating the Arsenio Hall Burger thought he was model or a fashion designer, stated manager Tenera Williams. A lot has changed in twenty years; Mr. Hall will have to ask himself what will make his show different from the other late night shows and  how is he going to compete in a changed market. A market that says even if you’re on top… you can still get canned. Tonight Show Host Jay Leno is at the top of his game and NBC is replacing him with Jimmy Fallon. Don’t get me wrong, Jimmy Fallon is a nice guy but we all know if Fallon replaces Leno, The Tonight Show is over.  In 2009, when Jay Leno came to Michigan and did two free shows for Detroit’s unemployed, Jaws Jumbo Burgers created the “Thank You Jay Leno Burger” in his honor. Jay Leno has a lot of loyal Michigan fans because of those free shows. That was good PR. Arsenio should go to Jaws Jumbo Burgers to try “The Welcome Back Arsenio Hall Burger” named in his honor or invite the Jaws Crew on the show to make his burger for him, the band and some audience members. The whole State of Michigan would watch his show including the coveted demographic age range of 18-59 year-olds. The publicity would be would be HUGE. Local Michigan media will promote his show and he will gain and regain millions of loyal fans. Arsenio Hall visiting Jaws Jumbo Burgers to try the burger named in his honor would be a good, smart and brilliant PR move. He needs to take advantage of EVERY opportunity to capture all the fans he can get and then figure out a way to keep them.  Things that make you say humm... Visit www.jaws jumboburgers.net  Click on the Arsenio Hall Burger page.

Watch Video All Things Arsenio Hall Episode 3, When asked who Arsenio Hall is, these young guys asks if he was a model or fashion designer.