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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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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 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 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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By Luaine Lee and Luaine Lee,Knight-Ridder News Service | October 31, 1993
A guidance counselor once told Arsenio Hall that he was not college material. Another teacher cautioned: "There are two kinds of people in this world, the star and the audience. You'd better get used to being the audience."Experience told the Cleveland-raised kid that it was the people on the dark side of the law who had the good-looking women and sleek cars."I was a discipline problem," he recalls. "I wasn't an A-student, I made B-minuses and Cs. If you're not applying yourself and vTC getting suspended for sneaking out to McDonald's when you should be in history, you're not gonna look like college material."
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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 David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | December 27, 1992
It was one of those TV images that leaps out of the clutter and burns its way into that place in the back of the brain called shared memory: Bill Clinton in Blues Brothers' sunglasses, honking away on that big tenor sax, while a million late-night bright lights danced and glistened off his golden horn. It was hot. It was symbolic. And it was resonant all right.Clinton's saxophone-playing appearance on "The Arsenio Hall Show" in June, though, was widely mocked at the time by many members of the we-know-everything gang covering national politics.
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April 8, 1992
Sally Jessy Raphael retreats from retreatTalk show hostess Sally Jessy Raphael is selling her Bucks County, Pa., bed-and-breakfast and the family retreat next to where her daughter died. She's asking $1.8 million.A spokeswoman denied that the Feb. 2 death of Ms. Raphael's 33-year-old daughter, Allison Vladimir, was the reason for the sale of the 155-year-old Isaac Stover House and a barn that was converted into a seven-bedroom retreat for Ms. Raphael's eight unmarried children.Intruder reappears near Letterman'sDavid Letterman's personal intruder has appeared again near his New Canaan, Conn.
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By Los Angeles Daily News | November 21, 1990
Want to be a star? Then you've gotta start dressing like one. And one the places the stars shop is Sami Dinar for Men in Beverly Hills. Arsenio Hall, Steven Spielberg, Eddie Murphy, Rick Dees and Tommy Davidson, star of the TV show "In Living Color," have been spotted there.
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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.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2012
Tuesday night, there was a two-hour report by "Frontline" that explained better than anything I have ever seen on TV how the middle-class got shredded by Wall Street and sold-out by our elected leaders in Washintgon -- and that includes Democrats in the White House. There were also presidential primaries that made Mitt Romney all but official as the GOP candidate. But all anyone will be talking about this morning is President Barack Obama slow jamming the news with latenight host Jimmy Fallon at the University of North Carolina.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2012
I profiled Maryland point guard Pe'Shon Howard in a story for Sunday's paper . That's an interview you look forward to. Howard is smart, reflective and fun. What else would you expect from a player nicknamed "Hollywood P' who once dribbled the ball between an opponent's legs in a summer game before continuing a fast break? You can check out the accompanying video of a portion of the interview. I knew Howard grew up in Los Angeles. But I didn't know that the man who raised him was a hair stylist who has worked on a long string of films and met numerous A-list stars.  My story was about Pe'Shon, but I interviewed Bill Howard as well to get perspective.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | May 27, 1994
It's the last night for "the Night Thing": "The Arsenio Hall Show" closes shop, with enough momentum and special guests to make it one of the evening's two highlights. The other: an "Edith Ann" cartoon on ABC.* "Edith Ann: Homeless Go Home." (8:30-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Jane Wagner, Lily Tomlin's writer and creative partner, has taken one of Tomlin's broadest characters from Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and fleshed her out beautifully, in animated form. Tomlin's muddy Edith Ann voice is as telling as ever, and the jokes and story lines in "Homeless Go Home" are as wry and clever as the title itself.
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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 Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,Sun Staff Writer | May 18, 1994
We were sitting around thinking about the Preakness and about memorable horse racing movies.Well, that killed five minutes.Horse racing has not inspired many memorable movies. It's not like baseball, where we could mention several good baseball movies before ending the discussion with two words: "Bull Durham."In search of horse movies, we used Roger Ebert's "Movie Home Companion," Leonard Maltin's "TV Movies and Video Guide" and something called the "Golden Movie Retriever" -- where we netted our favorite title, "The Day the Bookies Wept."
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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.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | December 14, 1992
Forget Jay Leno. Should NBC's David Letterman jump ship to CBS, his toughest late-night showdown may come with Arsenio Hall.Of the 205 stations that carry the syndicated "Arsenio Hall Show," 35 are CBS affiliates. And some of them are in such heavyweight markets as Chicago, Washington, Atlanta and Cleveland.If Mr. Letterman accepts CBS' reported two-year, $32 million deal, "Late Night" would be guaranteed the 11:30 p.m. time slot he covets. Which means some affiliates would have to bump Mr. Hall to a later, less desirable time or risk CBS's wrath by delaying Mr. Letterman.
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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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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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By Frank Rich | March 4, 1994
MY GRANDMOTHER, who was no fool, took a strict line on people and events. They fell into two categories: they were either good for the Jews or bad for the Jews.In the simpler times of the 1950s, the bad-for-the-Jews list began with Hitler, always the gold standard, and descended all the way down to the jerk who elbowed his way to the front of the line at the Woodmont Country Club buffet. In between came Roy Cohn, Meyer Lansky and the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.Good for the Jews were Adlai Stevenson, Abba Eban, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Eleanor Roosevelt and Sammy Davis Jr.About the only public personality I remember being a close call, in my grandmother's eyes, was Elizabeth Taylor, when she converted to Judaism to marry Eddie Fisher after stealing him from Debbie Reynolds.
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