Arsenio is back! Judging by the Nielsen ratings he is back for good. Sure the first episode had some uncomfortable moments but for the most part, “Stella got her groove back”.
Next weeks shows will be HOT FIRE! Don’t believe me just watch!
Arsenio is in a great position. His first show, twenty-years ago, was not cancelled because of ratings. Remember, twenty-years ago, he was the number one late night talk show on television. Rumors of why he quit ranged from disagreements with FOX executives to having Louis Farrakhan as a guest against the advertisers recommendations.
Whatever happened, I am just glad he is back.
Arsenio has an opportunity to use his existing celebrity, mix in his long list of friend favors, and have a great balance of talent. We are going to see huge superstars matched with C-list celebrities. I can’t wait to see Will Smith, Kadeem Hardison, and Colonel Abrams. Last night he had on Magic Johnson, George Lopez, and NAS. Sure you have seen Magic and George Lopez everywhere, but having NAS was a coup. Not only did NAS perform he sang a song that you clean the house with. Not a club banger, not a call out the hook single, just a regular song that Nas made from the heart. I LOVED THAT CHOICE NAS!
Right now Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon are ruling the late night talk show scene reaching the coveted 18+ demographic that all advertisers want to target.
The Roots are keeping Jimmy Fallon hip as hell with their ability to get any and everybody on the show performing live as they transform into the world’s greatest house band. Jimmy Fallon also uses the Roots as the backbone of skits giving him additional street credibility.
I already wrote a blog about Jimmy Fallon in June, 2012. If you want to see what makes Jimmy Fallon click you can read that blog here. http://www.chicagonow.com/real-music/2012/06/the-roots-americas-house-band-from-do-you-want-more-to-jimmy-fallon-on-nbc-we-aaplaud-you/
Jimmy Kimmel, on the other hand, is smart-ass-ingly funny. His video clips, censorship skits, and his rat pack relationships with celebrities also is give him a leg up on the ratings war in late night.
Arsenio successfully started that 18+ demographic chase by advertisers twenty years ago. Arsenio realized if you match young actors like Malik Yoba, Mekhi Phifer and Lauryn Hill with Hip-Hop artists like Notorious B.I.G, Brand Nubians, Third Base and Big Daddy Kane you will create the buzz and get ratings.
If Arsenio continues to get millennial artists on the brink of superstardom, and mixes in his huge celebrity relationships, he will again be the #1 talk show on television.
Then all he will have to do is get the real dog pound back.
FYI, he still has the longest fingers I have ever seen on a man.
I’m off to get me some Mighty Wings. Damn, Damn, Damn. Why did you have to make wings McDonald’s?
Just my thoughts man.
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