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Whether or not you love Barack Obama, you have to admit he's one of the few sitting presidents in history who could handle the timing and stage presence of self-deprecating sketch comedy. The Commander-in-Chief was a riot not only during his interview with Colbert (in which the prez was called "Emperor Obama"), but also during "The Decree" in which he cracked jokes about Mitch McConnell, healthcare, and his new-found grayness. This is a perfect TV moment. I don't what else to say about it, really. The excitement is real as Obama takes over Colbert's desk in Washington and plays along with the familiar subliminal joke format without ever seeming too self-aggrandizing. This is better than Clinton showing us his sax skills on "The Arsenio Hall Show" or Richard Nixon deadpanning "Sock it to me" on "Laugh-In." This is a fully realized, cannily executed, actually informative comedy segment starring the president. »
- Louis Virtel
Niggers, Get A Fucking Clue
Please read last week’s installment .
Last week I recounted what happened to me, at the hands of a black woman, while backstage at The Arsenio Hall Show some months ago. I’m not pointing out she was a black woman, that’s not important.
What’s important is she’s black.
Most, from what I could see of Arsenio’s staff is black. From my brief time there, I noticed most were pleasant and helpful. But the woman who threatened to call security on me was anything but.
She treated me as if I was a dark skinned nigger from the country and she was a light skinned lady from a well-to-do Negro family. There was a time when many light skinned blacks built communities and excluded any black person “darker than a paper bag” from living among them.
How fucked up is that, »
- Michael Davis
For the last hundred years or so promotional images have been one of the most important marketing tools in the movie industry. From movie posters, to publicity stills, to candid behind-the-scenes photos; these images have the difficult job of getting us interested in a film with a single glance.
Nobody can deny that this is a hard thing to do and when it’s done well we rightfully acknowledge it. For instance, who could forget the poster for Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction? The one featuring Uma Thurman laying on the bed smoking a cigarette with a handgun laying in front of her? Nobody knew what this movie was all about but the poster alone was enough to spark our curiosity.
On the other hand, sometimes promotional images simply try way too hard and end up becoming quite ridiculous. From low-budget ’80s horror movies to recent big-budget »
- Jesse Gumbarge
It’s different today with kayfabe dead, but before the last 10-15 years, wrestlers were almost always in character when they went on talk shows. The results were mixed. Some wrestlers didn’t know where the line was, but the ones who did were able to get their characters over with some really awesome promotional appearances. Later on, when they were less likely to appear in-character, the wrestlers with the most engaging real-life personalities were the ones who excelled.
Some would just play their characters to the hilt as the host reacted. Someone like Arsenio Hall was especially good at doing that when he had wrestlers on. Others would tone it down, depending on what exactly their gimmicks were. Eventually, as the ’90s went on, more wrestlers went in that direction since there was not much of a point to appearing in character when it insulted viewers’ intelligence more than anything. »
- David Bixenspan
“Just be careful. She doesn’t suffer fools.” That was the advice a publicist gave me just before they put me on the phone with Lauren Bacall about 20 years ago. She was promoting a TNT movie, The Portrait, and as a writer-producer on The Arsenio Hall Show I had persuaded the powers that be to book her on the show — even if, on the surface, she wasn’t the typical kind of contemporary guest we often had on the show. Quite frankly, I just wanted to meet Lauren Bacall, to just hear that legendary sultry voice on the other end of the phone. So I set about doing the pre-interview and apparently passed the “no fools” test because I found her to be a pussycat.
Related: Lauren Bacall: A Life In Pictures
Still it wasn’t like Arsenio (or even our studio and TV audience) was exactly the kind of fan I was, »
- Pete Hammond
I didn’t see Robin Williams‘ attempt at a new sitcom, CBS’ The Crazy Ones. I didn’t want to. I didn’t want to think that the great Robin was, at only 62, already making the trip back to weekly TV half-hours after such a stellar, Oscar-winning career in films and such a bright, unhinged light on comedy stages for all of his career. It’s just too constricting for this kind of talent. It’s even sadder to think the show got cancelled after one season, a failure that must have been hard to take. No, my most recent memories of Robin Williams are on the big screen, where he seemed to be heading for a place of renewal, not only as the funnyman everyone knew, but really a fine dramatic actor. In this year’s The Face Of Love he played a supporting role as a man heartbreakingly »
- Pete Hammond
Trish Bendix isn’t happy with how Faking It ended its first season. Bendix writes in The Hollywood Reporter that the ending destroys Faking It‘s credibility in handling lesbian characters. (Spoilers await you at the link.)
Just hours before debuting the fifth season, ABC Family ordered two more seasons of Pretty Little Liars. That will keep the campy horror soap on the air until 2016. With seven seasons, I believe that should make it ABC Family’s longest-running series.
I’m still hoping it turns out they really are getting texts from Hillary.
Does the timing of the Game of Thrones finale hint at a major spoiler from the books? (Again, it’s a major spoiler, so click at your own risk.)
Why does a premium channel like HBO put up so much of one of its shows, Last Week Tonight, for free on the web? Hitfix‘s Alan »
- Lyle Masaki
Is there a chance Arsenio Hall could pull off a third return to television? His manager, John Ferriter, tells TheWrap a three-peat is possible. “There's been an outpouring of support,” Ferriter says. “We started getting calls over the weekend.” CBS Television Distribution announced it was pulling the plug on “The Arsenio Hall Show” Friday. Ferriter said other outlets didn't waste any time reaching out and Hall's camp is already in “early talks” to reboot the series. Also read: ‘Arsenio Hall Show’ Cancelled After One Season Unfortunately, TheWrap couldn't find anyone willing to cop to those early talks. An individual close »
- Jethro Nededog
Tips for safe gay travel, Bryan Singer files motion to dismiss, how often do you masturbate?
For all the…questionable behavior from One Direction that’s come to pass this week, I find myself cheering for Liam Payne, who took to Twitter to slam Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir for bashing the band. Moir survived trashing Stephen Gately after his death with not so much as a slap on the wrist, but while I doubt she faces any professional consequences for going after a boyband, she might want to stay inside with the blinds closed after angering Directioners.
Planning a gaycation for the summer? The New York Times has some thoughts about how you can be safe, comfortable, and avoid stress as a gay traveler. Research, people!
- Ed Kennedy
The late-night TV landscape is undergoing yet another shift with The Arsenio Hall Show getting canceled after just one season on the air. Variety reports that CBS made the announcement on Friday, citing the show's failure to draw in enough viewers.
"While there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue," CBS said in a statement. "Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we’d like to thank »
Late night TV is saying goodbye to Arsenio Hall. Again. CBS Television Production has announced the cancellation of "The Arsenio Hall Show" after just one year. CBS had recently stated that the ratings-troubled syndicated show would return for a second season, but have changed their minds in the wake of the show's decreasing ratings. Currently in reruns, the final new episode aired May 21. "I'm gratified for the year we've had and proud of the show we created," Hall said in a statement. Hall's previous late night talk show was much more successful, lasting from 1989 to 1994. The late night landscape has since changed dramatically, with cable outlets such as Comedy Central and TNT providing more competition. Will you miss "The Arsenio Hall Show"? »
- Dave Lewis
Adios, Arsenio! Arsenio Hall's late-night talk show has been cancelled after one season, Variety reports. "Unfortunately, The Arsenio Hall Show will not return for a second season; while there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue," CBS said in a statement. "Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we'd like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. We'd also like to thank Tribune and all our station group partners for their [...] »
Remember last February, when Jay Leno made his first post-Tonight Show appearance to tell his friend Arsenio Hall that his show had been renewed for a second season? Well, CBS Television Distribution has changed their mind. They've cancelled The Arsenio Hall Show after one season.
The series had a very positive launch last year but the ratings started falling quickly and they never recovered. The studio tried replacing the executive producer and inviting some big guests but it just wasn't enough.
A spokesperson for the studio said, "While there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue... Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we’d like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. We’d also like to thank Tribune and all our station group partners for their support of »
When Johnny Carson walked away from The Tonight Show in 1992, he did so of his own accord after 30 years in the chair, but that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t pressure behind the scenes and apprehension about Carson’s ability to stand in against the far hipper Arsenio Hall when it came to courting younger viewers.
Carson was 66 years old at the time, but now Hall, at age 58, is one of late night’s elder-statesmen, and his time on the air is ending – at least for now.
Launched 19 years after the last iteration of his show went off the air, The Arsenio Hall Show has been canceled after just one season in syndication. It seems that the TV Gods have a vicious sense of humor – ...
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- Jason Tabrys
Well, this is kind of awkward. The Arsenio Hall Show has been canceled after just one season by CBS Television Distribution, E! News has confirmed. But wait, didn't Jay Leno make a surprise appearance on Arsenio Hall's talk show to announce its season two pick-up?! It looks like the network had a change of heart after a decline in ratings. "Unfortunately, The Arsenio Hall Show will not return for a second season; while there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue," a spokesperson for CBS Television Distribution said. "Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we'd like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. »
The Arsenio Hall Show has been canceled, CBS Television Distribution announced today. The show, Hall's triumphant return to TV, premiered in September to solid numbers and was renewed for a second season in February — a second season that won't happen after all thanks to a major decline in ratings. "While there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue," Cbstd said in a statement. Well, that'll do it. Late-night TV: more shake-ups than you think! »
- Margaret Lyons
The Arsenio Hall Show — which already earned a second season renewal — will not go on as planned.
“While there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue,” said a spokesperson for CBS TV Distribution, which produced the talk show for the Tribune Station Group. “Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we’d like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. We’d also like to thank Tribune and all our station group partners for their support of the show.”
“When I started this adventure with Ctd and Tribune, »
- Lynette Rice
Has this ever happened in the history of television? I'm sure it has, but it's still a head-scratcher to me. In February, after some speculation that it may not survive, The Arsenio Hall Show was renewed by CBS Television for a second season. Tribune Broadcasting, a partner in production of the syndicated, late-night talk show, said at the time that it would continue to be the anchor station group, airing the show on 17 stations, including in the three largest markets on Wpix, New York, at 11 p.m.; Ktla, Los Angeles, at 11 p.m.; and Wgn, Chicago, at 10 p.m. "Since 9/9/13, I've been waking up without an alarm clock," said Arsenio Hall at the time. "Producing and hosting my »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Has this ever happened in the history of television? I'm sure it has, but it's still a head-scratcher to me. In February, after some speculation that it may not survive, The Arsenio Hall Show was renewed by CBS Television for a second season. Tribune Broadcasting, a partner in production of the syndicated, late-night talk show, said at the time that it would continue to be the anchor station group, airing the show on 17 stations, including in the three largest markets on Wpix, New York, at 11 p.m.; Ktla, Los Angeles, at 11 p.m.; and Wgn, Chicago, at 10 p.m. "Since 9/9/13, I've been waking up without an alarm clock," said Arsenio Hall at the time. "Producing and hosting my late-night talk show brings me great joy. I'm back where I belong! Thanks to my partners at CBS Television Distribution and Tribune." "Arsenio is an incredibly talented host who has connected with »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Dog Pound is closed. “The Arsenio Hall Show,” the comedian's most recent foray into late-night television, has been cancelled after one season. The series had recently been renewed for a second season by CBS Television Distribution, but following the renewal the show was downgraded to different timeslots in some markets, making it not financially viable to continue the show. See video: ‘Arsenio Hall Show’ Stand-Up Guest Paul Mooney Drops N-Word A spokesperson for CBS Television Distribution also noted that the show, which premiered in September, failed to take off. “Unfortunately, ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ will not return for a second season; while. »
- Jethro Nededog
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