Shortly after Arsenio had been crowned the new king of talk, his production company expanded- offering a new show to follow his talk show, that would appeal to the same street-wise youth and young-adult hipsters that were making him a star.
Unfortunately, they came up with a virtual clone of Dance MTV (title correct?) hosted by "Downtown" Julie Brown- this time hosted by the younger, less threatening Nia Peeples. In the show, Nia would introduce a star who would lip-sync/perform a song or two to the dancing crowd, and the remainder of the show would be filled out with people dancing to the latest dance club/hip-hop treats.
Being on broadcast rather than MTV, though, the music played was tamer, the dances shown nicer, and the people allowed on more clean-cut. This wasn't what people wanted, and a short time thereafter, the show was cancelled. Nia, who had had a lackluster recording career, was now on her way to having a lackluster TV career.
(As an aside, many people who remember Arsenio's show don't know about this one. Some of my friends thought I was making this show up until they saw a SNL rerun parodying Arsenio Hall... after the parody "Carsenio", a short parody called "Party Machine with Ed McMahon" came on. The scary thing is, that show would probably have worked as good as the real thing.)
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