'Arsenio' makes move to Channel 11


January 15, 1992|By Steve McKerrow

Catching up to some recent schedule moves:

* If you've been looking for "The Arsenio Hall Show" late at night, remember that the high energy talk fest is into its second week on WBAL-Channel 11, airing at 11:30 p.m.

As scheduled since last summer, as the result of syndication contract shifts, the show moved last Monday to the local CBS affiliate from longtime carrier WBFF-Channel 45.

The moves also brought the show to other CBS stations across the county, including Washington's WUSA-Channel 9 (also at 11:30 p.m.). In part, that apparently is because of affiliate unhappiness with the network's continued late-night problems, dating back to the demise of "The Pat Sajak Show."

CBS in late-night most recently had been running a package of crime-drama series, which Channel 11 delayed until midnight in favor of the rerun series, "Who's the Boss."

"We have generally been pretty loyal to the network in its late-night programming, but it is hard to ignore a show like 'Arsenio.' It is a strong performer," says Emerson Coleman, Channel 11's program director.

For the moment, the "Crime Time" shows are gone from this area, for beginning on Monday, Channel 11 is also premiering at 12:30 a.m. daily the new "Dennis Miller Show," a syndicated talk series starring the acerbic, former mock anchorman/comic from "Saturday Night Live."

Coleman says "our expectations are high" for the coming two-talk-show packaging.

And note that "Dennis Miller" will also be airing at 11 p.m. on Washington's WDCA-Channel 20, which is carried by most local cable companies.

Channel 45 programmer Mike Schroeder says the station did not want to lose Arsenio Hall, but was outbid in the contract negotiations, like many other Fox affiliates or independent stations originally carrying the show.

Channel 45 has replaced the talk show at 11 p.m. with the tawdry true-dating series, "Studs," followed at 11:30 by "M*A*S*H."

* Fans of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" may also have noticed last night a change in Channel 45's scheduling of first-run episodes of the solidly successful sci-fi series.

New episodes of the show will now be seen at 8 p.m. Tuesdays, not 9 p.m., and will be followed, as next week, by repeats of the series from previous seasons.

The station also has added a double-feature of "Next Generation" reruns on Wednesdays, at 8 and 9 p.m. Tonight, for example, brings the two-part episode in which Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart) is turned into half-man, half-machine by the evil Borg.

However, ACC basketball games may disrupt some of the 9 p.m. Wednesday repeats, says Schroeder.

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