After almost 20 years, comedian and television personality Arsenio Hall is returning to late night television. The 56-year-old is on board with CBS TV Distribution to host a new late talk night show, which will begin airing in the fall of 2013. The show will be broadcast to at least 85 percent of American households.
Arsenio is, of course, no rookie to late night. The immensely popular, two-time Emmy winning Arsenio Hall Show ran for five years before its cancellation in 1994. Prior to that, Hall had a short gig as Robin Thicke’s right-hand man on Thicke of The Night.
The comic has been largely unseen since the end of his still-well-remembered program, although when he was cast on the latest installment of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice (which he won), his star began to rise again.
The show is still unnamed and a time slot hasn’t been worked out yet, but CBS TV Distribution President of Sales Joe DiSalvo explains most networks “have given the show prime real estate as the lead out from their local late newscasts. They recognize the potential to have the next breakout hit in late night.”