Arsenio Hall returns to latenight TV tonight after almost two decades away. And, after all that time, he will still be one of only two African-American show hosts occupying that culturally influential space on a nightly basis.
The other, comedian W. Kamau Bell, host of “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” launched last week in a Sunday-through-Thursday 11 p.m. time slot on the brand-new cable channel FXX.
The diversity that Hall brings to the time period — simply with his presence in a syndicated show airing in 85 percent of the country — would be reason enough for rooting him on.
But I have also long felt that Hall didn’t get anywhere near the credit he deserved for...