“From the day we announced our deal with Arsenio Hall, the response from stations has been overwhelming,” said Joe DiSalvo, CBS’ President of Sales, in a statement
. “Most have given the show prime real estate as the lead out from their local late newscasts. They recognize the potential to have the next breakout hit in late night.”
In fact, CBS Television Distribution (CTD) has sold the new Arsenio Hall late-night syndicated talk show to stations in more than 85 percent of the country. The show that will premiere in fall of 2013 is now set to air in all of the top 50 markets.
"Tribune's investment in Arsenio reflects our belief in the success of the show, and we are thrilled our broadcast peers are equally excited," said Sean Compton, President of Programming and Entertainment, Tribune Broadcasting in a press release
. "This momentum is a testament to Arsenio's timeless talent and his loyal fan base, and we are looking forward to his highly anticipated return to late night."
Hall,56, who recently beat out former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, is best known for hosting the Emmy Award-winning "The Arsenio Hall Show," a late-night syndicated talk show produced by Paramount Domestic Television (now CTD), which ran from Jan. 3, 1989 to May 27,1994.
“The Arsenio Hall Show,” cemented its place in pop culture history when then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton appeared on the show in June 1992 and played "Heartbreak Hotel" on the saxophone.
Conversations with his guests were impromptu. As a result, Hall worked his magic on guests, skillfully drawing the stars out from behind their protective screens, says the New York Times
. Take for instance, watch Hall at work with Whoopi Goldberg:
Q: ''How is your life. How is Edward? What do you look for in a man?''
Q: ''How do you keep your man monogamous?''
A: ''I just trust he's gonna do the right thing.''
Q: ''Plan on getting married anytime soon?''
A: ''No . . . I just got divorced. It's taken three years to get it cleaned away. It was tough to get him off. It's like gettin' gum off your shoe. Then they want something. They came in with air, and they're gonna leave with a house and a car.''
In an interview after his big win on Apprentice,Entertainment Weekly
asked Hall how it felt to be in the winner's circle.
He didn't miss beat. "I worked my ass off to be here. I’ve been number two so many times in my life, whether it’s number two to Mr. Carson or number two in a movie to Mr. Murphy," Hall said.
"Today, I am finally number one."
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