Actor-comedian Arsenio Hall is making a return to late night TV with a talk show on CW33.
Tribune Broadcasting, owner of KDAF-TV CW33, is partnering with CBS Television Distribution (CTD) in the production of the show, which has been sold in 52% of the country so far. While Tribune is the anchor company of the launch group, the show will also air on stations from CBS Television Stations group including Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Detroit, Tampa, Pittsburgh and Local TV LLC stations including Denver, Cleveland, St. Louis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Greensboro, and Norfolk.
In addition to airing on CW33 in Dallas, the syndicated show will also air in 16 other Tribune station markets, including Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.
Hall is the most recent winner of Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" and is well-known for hosting the late-night syndicated talk show "The Arsenio Hall Show" from 1989-1994. The show made history when, in 1992, presidential candidate Bill Clinton donned a pair of sunglasses and played "Heartbreak Hotel" on the saxophone.
"Tribune has made a real commitment to first run programming, starting with Bill Cunningham in daytime and now Arsenio Hall in Late night. Arsenio scores huge with audiences over 30. He just won NBC's Celebrity Apprentice in May. CBS Syndication will launch and produce Arsenio," CW33 General Manager Joe Young said.
"We're excited to welcome Arsenio back to the family and partnering on his new, late-night syndicated talk show," CTD President John Nogawski said. "Arsenio had a substantial following with his previous late-night show, and that same 18-34 audience is now right in the middle of the late-night core audience of 35-54. Years ago, he transcended time periods and attracted a cross-over audience while bringing a fresh perspective to late night."
Hall, who recently won the latest edition of NBC¿s "Celebrity Apprentice," is best known for hosting the Emmy Award-winning "The Arsenio Hall Show," a late-night syndicated talk show produced by Paramount Domestic Television (now CTD), which ran from 1989 to 1994. The show¿s place in pop culture history was cemented in June 1992 when then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton appeared on the show and played "Heartbreak Hotel" on the saxophone.
Hall began his career in stand-up comedy, and soon caught the eye of television executives who tapped him for guest appearances on shows such as "Solid Gold" and "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson," which led to his hosting Fox¿s "The Late Show" in 1997. In addition to his stand-up and hosting work, Hall established a career as an actor in movies such as "Coming to America" and TV shows such as the CBS dramedy "Martial Law."
"It's an amazing feeling to be going HOME to my old friends and colleagues and firing up our Night Thing," commented Arsenio Hall. "Let's get busy ... AGAIN!"Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun