A direct descendant of radio's "Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour" (1934-1946), hosted by Major Edward Bowes until his death. After a one-year hiatus, Ted Mack, who had directed Bowes' ... See full summary »
The show was syndicated and aired on some CBS affiliates throughout the country. When Late Show with David Letterman (1993) premiered, many CBS affiliates moved Hall's show to a later time slot or dropped the show altogether. Hall's show also aired on some Fox affiliates. One week later, Fox premiered The Chevy Chase Show (1993) and Hall's show suffered the same fate. Even though Chase's show was short-lived, Hall was unable to retrieve his previous time slots. Hall's show was still popular in the markets where his show had not been moved or replaced but the nationwide ratings had sharply declined. See more »
I have to agree with everyone else that the first two years (1989 & 1990) were Arsenio's prime years. I used to watch it when I was younger and got a huge kick out of it. I actually have many of the wrestling interviews on tape he did (The ones with Ted DiBiase and Bobby Heenan stick out in my mind). But of course there was the constant brownnosing on the guests. Arsenio had a great interview technique, he just did too much kissing up. It's a bad habit that has followed him into other shows. It only appealed to a certain populi of the United States (Older people watched Carson, college kids watched Dave, people in the know watched Nightline, etc.). Then came 1992 when New Jack Swing was dying down and grunge was being to take form. Jay Leno took over The Tonight Show and made it hipper (and of course you had his agent, Helen Kushnick underbooking Arsenio's guests). Times were just changing and people started to forget about Arsenio.
There were a couple of positives that stood out though. His house band was really kickin'. He would always center certain members of the band out (There was Michael Wolfe of course, You had the "John B. Williams Poetry Moment", and Starr Parodi's one woman band jams). He was funny some of the time. And there is also the fact that a syndicated talk show went as long it did without network backing. But it was only a matter of time when the show got the death knell.
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