Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Aresenio Hall Returning to Late Night Sept 2013

Late Night television is getting a good shaking up. Jimmy Kimmel, is being pushed up to compete with Letterman and Leno. ABC feels that Kimmel, will bring in a younger audience that Letterman and Leno, are lacking. His show starts Tuesday with guests, No Doubt and Jennifer Aniston, not who I would want for my big launch, but it's not my show. 

The most exciting thing I've heard about Late Night is the return of the Arsenio Hall Show. Arsenio Hall, was  America's only choice for young people, in the days of Johnny Carson. Hall, got his original Fox series after Joan Rivers, was let go. The Arsenio Hall had a successful run, his ratings took a huge dip and he became controversial when he had Black Extremist, Louis Farrakahn, as a guest on occasion. 

Arsenio's show was very multi-cultural, cross genre, fun programming. Guests like Elizabeth Taylor, Oprah, Little Richard, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Michael McDonalad, Muhammad Ali, David Bowie, and who could forget that saxophone playing, Presidential hopeful, Bill Clinton appearance. Some say that Bill Clinton's appearance on the Arsenio Hall show, is what helped him win the election. 

What was really great about Arsenio, was his diversity, country music stars graced his show as well. Naturally, someone like Dolly Parton, would have made multiple appearances, but others did too. Tanya Tucker, Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, Emmylou Harris, and Rodney Crowell. A lot of these artists with exception of Dolly, can't get on major late night shows, if they do, like Reba, they are usually short segments and/or limited to musical segments. So, if Arsenio, keeps his same formula, maybe some country crooners will have another outlet to make Nashville proud. 

The first add for the Arsenio Hall Show is up and running. It's pretty fun too. 

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