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Michael Davis: The Black Hollywood Shuffle

17 November 2014 2:30 PM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

The image of Icon to the left was on Arsenio Hall’s Facebook page last week. There’s a funny story behind that. Well, its funny to me.

I like Arsenio. I like him a lot. I’ve met him a few times but we are by no means boys. Whenever I see him I’d like to think he remembers me but I think he’s just being polite. Each and every time I run into him, what strikes me is how polite and straight up real the man is.

Polite, straight up and real is raised to another level by a woman of his staff. What level? Putting it as politely as I can, she’s a straight up bitch, for real.

That level.

I was invited to the Arsenio show some months ago. Guests on the show that day included Don Cheadle and Billy D. Williams. It »

- Michael Davis

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Watch: Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th on The Arsenio Hall Show

29 October 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

“The term ‘deranged sociopath’ gets thrown around a lot by the media these days,” Arsenio Hall said in 1989 when introducing Jason Voorhees on his show, “but it really applies to my next guest.” This was the year of Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan, and a peak-of-his-popularity Jason came out to a nice round of applause. Then he sat down and sat behind his expressionless mask barely moving while Arsenio fired off a barrage of questions to the silent hulk. “I see all your movies man, and you know what I’ve noticed?” No response. “You’re angry.” It’s […] »

- Vadim Rizov

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CBS names James Corden to host 'Late Late Show'

8 September 2014 8:43 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

CBS has named English actor James Corden as the new host of "The Late Late Show," where he will succeed the departing Craig Ferguson sometime in 2015. Corden won a 2012 Tony for the play "One Man, Two Guv'nors," co-stars with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in "Begin Again," has appeared twice on "Doctor Who" and co-created and stars in the Hulu series "The Wrong Mans." On the whole, though, it's fair to say he's even less well known to U.S. TV audiences than Ferguson was when he took over "Late Late Show" a few years after the end of "The Drew Carey Show." In this case, CBS is clearly betting on talent over celebrity, while also doing nothing to diversify the ranks of network late night talk. As somebody who doesn't watch any of these shows anymore, the Corden news merits a shrug, unless CBS gives him license to throw »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Lauren Bacall Appreciation: They Don’t Make Them Like Her Anymore

13 August 2014 10:44 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

“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

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Robin Williams: A Huge Funny/Dramatic Talent Who Proved He Could Do It All — An Appreciation

11 August 2014 6:54 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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

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'Arsenio Hall Show' Canceled After a Single Season

31 May 2014 2:31 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

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.

Watch Prince Perform New Song 'FunkNRoll,' Break Up Couple on 'Arsenio'

"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 »

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Arsenio Hall Show Cancelled Three Months After Jay Leno Announced Its Renewal

31 May 2014 3:52 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

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 [...] »

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The Arsenio Hall Show: Cancelled; No Season Two

30 May 2014 8:26 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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 »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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The Arsenio Hall Show Canceled by CBS—But Wait, Didn't Jay Leno Announce Its Renewal?!

30 May 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

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. »

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After Initially Renewing It For A Second Season, CBS TV Has Now Canceled 'The Arsenio Hall Show'

30 May 2014 2:49 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

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

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The Arsenio Hall Show Cancelled

30 May 2014 2:42 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Looks like Jay Leno might’ve spoken too soon. Though the recent late-night retiree swung by The Arsenio Hall Show in February to announce its renewal, CBS Television Distribution has chosen not to move forward with a second season of Hall’s syndicated gabfest. Related | TBS Renews Conan Through 2018 According to Variety, which first reported the cancellation, the network said […] »

- Kimberly Roots

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The Arsenio Hall Show Cancelled

30 May 2014 2:42 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Looks like Jay Leno might’ve spoken too soon. Though the recent late-night retiree swung by The Arsenio Hall Show in February to announce its renewal, CBS Television Distribution has chosen not to move forward with a second season of Hall’s syndicated gabfest. Related | TBS Renews Conan Through 2018 According to Variety, which first reported the cancellation, the network said […] »

- Kimberly Roots

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‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ Canceled After One Season

30 May 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Arsenio Hall Show” has stopped production, marking an abrupt end to the host’s efforts to restart his latenight franchise in syndication.

CBS Television Distribution had said that the show would return for a second season, but the latenight strip was facing significant downgrades from stations and the Eye determined that the show would not be financially viable. The show was in reruns this week and will not resume production. The show’s last original seg was May 21.

See Also: Arsenio Hall: CBS, Tribune Bet on Host for Latenight Syndie Show

CBS said in a statement: “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. Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we’d like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ Cancelled After One Season

30 May 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Jay Leno’s touch couldn’t help pal Arsenio Hall make it beyond one season in his return to late-night. After weeks of speculation, CBS Television Distribution has made a decision not to proceed with a second season of the syndicated Arsenio Hall Show, despite renewing the show for Season 2 in February after securing a two-year deal with the Tribune stations pre-launch. Leno surprised Hall in February when he made his first TV appearance after departing The Tonight Show to give him the news of the show’s renewal. But, after a stellar launch (1.9 in households, 1.0 in adults 18-49), The Arsenio Hall Show quickly faded in the ratings and never bounced back, despite a boost from a highly-rated Prince episode in March and appearances by Leno and Eddie Murphy. Cbstd tried righting the ship with an executive producer change in October when Eric Pankowski replaced Neal Kendall at the helm. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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TBS Renews ‘Conan’ Through 2018

14 May 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Conan O’Brien launched his late-night show on TBS in November 2010. Fifteen months later, the show was extended though April 2014. Now TBS is making a big statement that O’Brien is there to stay, renewing Conan through 2018. With Jay Leno retiring this spring and David Letterman set to follow him, O’Brien next year will become the new doyen of late night where he recently marked his 20th anniversary. Year to date, Conan is averaging a modest 862,000 viewers in Live+7. His strength is in younger viewers, topping a number of late-night competitors among adults 18-34 including The Late Show With David Letterman, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Arsenio Hall Show, Chelsea Lately and Watch What Happens: Live. Conan also has been a digital juggernaut, with O’Brien counting 10.7 million Twitter followers, more than any other late-night star on cable. Last year, O’Brien expanded »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Paul Mooney -- Hurls N-Word at Audience Member ... During Arsenio Taping

6 May 2014 2:10 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Legendary comic Paul Mooney got downright racial during a taping of the Arsenio Hall show Monday night ...  spitting the N-bomb at an audience member in a performance that's being hailed as "the most embarrassing, disrespectful standup bombing ever."Mooney -- who famously appeared on "Chappelle's Show" and wrote for Richard Pryor -- was booked to do a short standup bit on Arsenio ... but rambled on for more than 14 minutes in a bizarre routine that touched »

- TMZ Staff

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Arsenio Hall -- Crowdfunding to Buy Clippers ... Gets $1,100 from Katt Williams

2 May 2014 6:12 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Arsenio Hall says he's trying to raise $1 Billion to buy the L.A. Clippers ... and last night he got his first Real donation ... a wad of cash from Katt Williams. While Arsenio's campaign might be a joke, the wad of cash Katt gave to Arsenio was not -- sources tell us he gave Hall $1,100 in $100 bills ... and did Not ask for it back when the cameras turned off. Katt told Arsenio on the show, »

- TMZ Staff

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How each late night host tackled the Donald Sterling scandal -- Video

29 April 2014 7:32 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Billionaire Donald Sterling made headlines last week when TMZ posted audio recordings of the Los Angeles Clippers owner making racist comments. Specifically, the audio captures Sterling telling his mistress that he doesn’t want her associating with black people in public and asking her not to bring “them” to his games.

Everyone from President Obama to Snoop Dogg have offered their two cents on the controversy — and on Monday night, it was late night’s turn. See what each host had to say about Sterling, including what kind of animal he resembles, below:

Late Night with Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers »

- Ariana Bacle

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Dance Dance Revolution: Nelson George on 'Soul Train'

24 April 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

For a generation of kids, Saturday morning at 11am was appointment-television time. You put away your cereal bowl and switched from cartoons or pro-wrestling to a channel a little further down the dial. After a minute or two, you'd finally see that signature animated train — a funky, pulsing engine grooving down inner-city elevated tracks (and later, around the world), puffing out rainbow-colored smoke. Then a high-pitched voice screamed out the words you'd waited all week to hear: "It's the Sooooouuullll Traaaaaiiiiiinnnn!"

12 Mind-Blowing 'Soul Train' Performances

From 1971 to 1993, dapper »

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Tavis Smiley Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

24 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tavis Smiley has what could be deemed the perfect talkshow host name — upbeat and amiable — but growing up, he was often the butt of belittling schoolyard jokes.

“When I was a kid, I hated my name,” says the Midwesterner whose childhood pipedream was to play first base for the Cincinnati Reds. “Tavis Smiley. I got teased so much. It was Travis, Tayvis and Smiley became Smelly and ‘Oh, you’re Tavis Smelly.’ So I hated it as a kid. But, lo and behold, years later you’re a TV guy and it works.”

Indeed it does. Hatched in 2004, Smiley’s eponymous PBS talker kickstarted its 11th season in January. The show, recipient of four NAACP Image Awards, has featured a wide and varied swath of high-profile guests, from Maya Angelou to Cornel West, from Ethan Hawke to James Taylor.

“The first time we met, we just hit it off magically, »

- Malina Saval

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