The comedian, actor, producer and multi-nominated Primetime Emmy Award winning talk show host Arsenio Hall, will once again grace the stages in Hollywood, to premier his new “The Arsenio Hall Show” on September 9 on the CBS network.
Hall plans to bring back the luster of his ’90’s heyday to ignite a new energy to late night television, for a share of the viewing audience dominated by Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman and Jay Leno.
“I’m trying to be in the game,” says an exuberant Hall, while appearing as a guest speaker on “The Arsenio Hall Show” panel at the CBS Summer Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer press tour in Beverly Hills on July 29. “I just got to be better than one guy that’s there.”
Hall expressed to the media his enthusiasm to return to television. “It’s a huge challenge this time to bring people to the television. Your biggest fan doesn’t watch you every night. You hope to get a guy three nights to check you out, the other nights they’ll be catching someone else.”
CBS Television Distribution announced that all of the major markets has cleared The Arsenio Hall Show for broadcast, where more than 200 outlets have signed up to carry the program. Though Hall is new to CBS, he debuted with Paramount Studios Distribution in 1989 in which his daily talk show quickly rose to the top of the late night ratings.
From 1989 to 1994, Arsenio Hall single-handedly made television history as the first African American late night talk show host. Hall was 33 years old at the time when his fresh, music-filled series showcased hip hop artists like Bobby Brown, rappers Tupac, Ice T and Snoop Dog, and breakthrough singers Mariah Carey and Madonna.
Hall offered few details on the format and style of the new “Arsenio Hall Show” other than the old theme song is coming back with a new bit of music that Hall wrote. Hall’s website also introduces his new house band, playfully known as his “posse”, which includes music director and drummer Robin DiMaggio, lead guitarist and vocalist Rob Bacon, saxophonist, keyboardist and vocalist Sean Holt, keyboardist and vocalist Victoria Theodore, and bassist Alex Al.
Executive producer John Ferriter who also joined Hall on the TCA panel was confident that Arsenio Hall will make a grand entrance. He noted that the show has been in the works for some three years and that Arsenio never lost his flair to entertain since his 19 year hiatus from the talk show stage. “My goal was to help Arsenio kind of finish the job. He did six seasons and then he just kind of went away. Now he gets a chance to finish what he started.”