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July 18, 1993
Sun political columnists Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover have written their fourth book on a presidential campaign. This is the second of three excerpts from "Mad As Hell: Revolt at the Ballot Box, 1992," which was released last week. The first, printed in yesterday's Sun, was on the crucial second presidential debate. Today: Bill Clinton's decision on what to do about the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson. Tomorrow: The people speak up.On the advice of Hollywood television situation comedy producers Harry Thomason and his wife, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, and others on the staff, Bill Clinton found that one way to get beyond the news media's focus on process questions was to work the television talk show circuit.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2013
Arsenio Hall returns to latenight TV tonight after almost two decades away. And, after all that time, he will still be one of only two African-American show hosts occupying that culturally influential space on a nightly basis. The other, comedian W. Kamau Bell, host of “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” launched last week in a Sunday-through-Thursday 11 p.m. time slot on the brand-new cable channel FXX. The diversity that Hall brings to the time period - simply with his presence in a syndicated show airing in 85 percent of the country - would be reason enough for rooting him on. But I have also long felt that Hall didn't get anywhere near the credit he deserved for opening up late night to younger viewers and some new voices on his show that ran from 1989 to 1994.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | March 5, 1997
Hey, here's a new idea for a sitcom scene: Two guys are sitting in a bar after one of them has had a fight with the missus. They are trying to figure out what it is those darn gals want anyway. And the more they talk, the more wrong they get. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.Carbon date this premise and you'll find that it first appeared on the wall of the tomb of a failed Egyptian comedy writer of the XXII Dynasty.From the looks of the pilot and all the reports of backstage battles involved in its making, ABC might soon be trying to forget about the big bucks it has tied up in the sitcom "Arsenio" that debuts tonight.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2012
Arsenio Hall is returning to late-night TV starting next fall, CBS Television Distribution announced Monday. While no buyer has yet been found in Baltimore for the syndicated show, it is schedule to air in D.C. on WDCW-Channel 50. The show has already been sold in 17 or the Top 20 markets, according to the distributors. Here's the release from CBS and its production partner, Tribune Broadcasting: CBS Television Distribution has signed actor/comedian Arsenio Hall to develop a syndicated late-night talk show for Fall 2013, it was announced today by John Nogawski, President of CTD. With Tribune Broadcasting partnering in the production of the show, the new strip is set to launch on 17 Tribune 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. The late-night show is sold in all top 10 markets and 17 of the top 20 markets.
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February 12, 2008
85 Franco Zeffirelli Movie director 70 Judy Blume Author 53 Arsenio Hall Actor 40 Chynna Phillips Singer 28 Christina Ricci Actress
SPORTS
August 22, 1991
Ray Leonard Jr. decided a long time ago he wouldn't follow his father into boxing.That's one reason Sugar Ray Leonard's son is running pass patterns with other Ohio University freshman football players rather than learning ring techniques."
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By Kevin Cowherd | September 17, 1993
With Jay and Dave and Arsenio and Chevy and Conan all on now, it seems that I . . . I don't sleep well anymore.The other night I had a dream.Arsenio was wearing a loud turquoise and silver jacket and black toreador pants. He looked into the camera and shouted: "Yasser Arafat in the house, ladies and gentlemen! Give it up for the main man of the PLO!"Of course, the audience gave it up. There was thunderousapplause and all that WOOF! WOOF! WOOF! business. Arafat walked out on stage smiling broadly.
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By Steve McKerrow | August 12, 1991
Just as his B-movie actor father over-achieved beyond his wildest expectations, Ron Reagan has managed to maintain a fairly steady television profile based upon the thinnest of apparent talents.The former first kid was a special correspondent for ABC's "Good Morning America" when his father was in office, had his own cable special a couple years ago and most recently was seen hosting one of the "A&E Evening at the Improv" comedy fests on cable.He has a genial grin, a willingness to poke some fun at himself and others and, and . . . well that's about it, actually.
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By MIKE ROYKO | November 11, 1992
Because this was the first full-blown talk-show political campaign, many traditional journalists fear that they have become irrelevant.For much of the campaign, they were stuck in the cheap seats, scribbling notes while the candidates chatted with Larry King, Arsenio Hall, Phil Donahue, Jay Leno, Rush Limbaugh and other TV and radio stars.Even the network heavies -- Dan, Sam, David and Professor Will -- frequently found themselves being bypassed. One night, for example, where was President Bush?
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By Kevin Cowherd | December 4, 1992
For the most part, newspapers today are filled with boring stories about economic summits and good cholesterol vs. bad cholesterol and "lifestyle" pieces on the latest touchy-feely way to raise children.This is why so many people pick up the paper in the morning and discover their eyes closing mid-way through breakfast, to the point where they eventually find themselves slumped face-down in a bowl of Rice Krispies.So imagine my surprise when I actually came across an interesting article while thumbing through the local rag during a visit to upstate New York.
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February 12, 2008
85 Franco Zeffirelli Movie director 70 Judy Blume Author 53 Arsenio Hall Actor 40 Chynna Phillips Singer 28 Christina Ricci Actress
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By Greg Braxton and Greg Braxton,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 4, 1997
HOLLYWOOD -- No official fight bell will clang when the two latest entries in the late-night talk-show arena, "Vibe" and "The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show," square off tonight.But publicists, agents and talent managers are getting their scorecards ready for what they say will be one of the fiercest late-night showdowns since CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" first went toe to toe with NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" in 1993."Vibe" and "The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show" -- both syndicated one-hour programs -- are competing to put the funk back in late night, employing comedy, music and fashion to bring an urban flavor to the post-prime-time period missing since Arsenio Hall ended his talk show in 1994.
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By Chris Kaltenbach JTC and Chris Kaltenbach JTC,SUN STAFF | March 26, 1997
Here's a chance to see if the critics know what they're talking about when they praise "EZ Streets." They can't all be out of their minds."Grace Under Fire" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Quentin accidentally shoots at Wade, and Grace finds out just how loopy all the neighbors think her family is. ABC."NewsRadio" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In a repeat from November, James Caan plays James Caan, dropping by the station to do a little character research. NBC."Live From Lincoln Center" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | March 5, 1997
Hey, here's a new idea for a sitcom scene: Two guys are sitting in a bar after one of them has had a fight with the missus. They are trying to figure out what it is those darn gals want anyway. And the more they talk, the more wrong they get. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.Carbon date this premise and you'll find that it first appeared on the wall of the tomb of a failed Egyptian comedy writer of the XXII Dynasty.From the looks of the pilot and all the reports of backstage battles involved in its making, ABC might soon be trying to forget about the big bucks it has tied up in the sitcom "Arsenio" that debuts tonight.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | May 27, 1994
It probably doesn't matter any more, this being the last day of "The Arsenio Hall Show," but the record ought to show that even as a lame duck, Hall owned late-night talk show TV in Baltimore.The Nielsen ratings for the May sweeps month were released yesterday, and Baltimore viewers tossed one last bouquet at the A-Man -- again making him a clear No. 1 in the late-night war with David Letterman and Jay Leno.The numbers show that Hall was the favorite in 58,000 area homes, while Leno was viewed in 45,000 homes and Letterman in only 36,000.
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By Roy H. Campbell and Roy H. Campbell,Knight-Ridder News Service | May 12, 1994
Arsenio Hall's bidding goodbye to the late-night arena means more than just one less yakfest. It means we'll be left with the deadly dull wardrobes of David Letterman and Jay Leno.Sometimes Mr. Hall's fashion sense was misguided; other times it was downright tacky. But at least he brought an eclectic and made-for-Technicolor wardrobe to late-night television.He made a splash from his debut in January 1989 with double-breasted jackets in bold colors: orange, yellow, red, royal blue and lime green.
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By Chris Kaltenbach JTC and Chris Kaltenbach JTC,SUN STAFF | March 26, 1997
Here's a chance to see if the critics know what they're talking about when they praise "EZ Streets." They can't all be out of their minds."Grace Under Fire" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Quentin accidentally shoots at Wade, and Grace finds out just how loopy all the neighbors think her family is. ABC."NewsRadio" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In a repeat from November, James Caan plays James Caan, dropping by the station to do a little character research. NBC."Live From Lincoln Center" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67)
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By Roy H. Campbell and Roy H. Campbell,Knight-Ridder News Service | May 12, 1994
Arsenio Hall's bidding goodbye to the late-night arena means more than just one less yakfest. It means we'll be left with the deadly dull wardrobes of David Letterman and Jay Leno.Sometimes Mr. Hall's fashion sense was misguided; other times it was downright tacky. But at least he brought an eclectic and made-for-Technicolor wardrobe to late-night television.He made a splash from his debut in January 1989 with double-breasted jackets in bold colors: orange, yellow, red, royal blue and lime green.
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By Sandra Crockett and Sandra Crockett,Sun Staff Writer | April 20, 1994
It's not a black thing. It's not a white thing. And pretty soon, it won't be a night thing. But when late-night talk show host Arsenio Hall calls it quits, his loss won't necessarily mean Leno's or Letterman's gain.At least not in Baltimore where about 55,000 homes are usually tuned in, according to Nielsen ratings."I will probably go to sleep now," says Barbara Brown of Barbie's House of Beauty hair salon in East Baltimore. "Those other ones are silly and do not keep my interest," she says of Jay Leno and David Letterman.
NEWS
April 20, 1994
Arsenio Hall, the frenetic talk host who brought a younger, hipper audience to late-night TV when his show premiered in 1989, has announced he is calling it quits. No more "whoof, whoof, whoof." No more "things that make you go hmmmm." Mr. Hall's somewhat jejune brand of party humor, which seemed fresh while his only competitors were Johnny Carson and Pat Sajak, fell victim to the rating wars ignited when Jay Leno and David Letterman locked horns last year.Mr. Hall was the first successful black late-night host, and he used his clout to showcase a variety of cutting-edge soul and rap musicians, which had rarely been done on talk shows.
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