After initial speculation it is confirmed that Arsenio Hall is officially returning to television with a late night talk show. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, confirming that Hall’s new TV venture will premiere next year. Details are still being finalized, but already the top markets are embracing the new show.
The trade pub writes:
Hall’s new Monday-Friday entry will bow in fall 2013, with CBSTVD partnering with Tribune broadcasting stations for the show, which already has been sold in the top 10 markets and 17 of the top 20 — covering 52 percent of the country. With Tribune aboard, the strip will launch on 17 stations including WIPX New York and KTLA Los Angeles at 11 p.m. and WGN Chicago at 10 p.m.
“It’s an amazing feeling to be going home to my old friends and colleagues and firing up our ‘Night Thing,’ ” Hall said. “Let’s get busy … again!”
The as-yet-untitled taker has been cleared in markets including Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Detroit, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Denver, Cleveland, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Mo., Greensboro, N.C., and Norfolk, Va.
“As Tribune evolves, we will continue to add first-run, original programming,” Tribune Broadcasting president of programming and entertainment Sean Compton said. “Arsenio will be exclusive to broadcast and is a natural fit for our stations’ Monday-Friday late-night time period.”
Feel free to bark now, people who were alive when his first late night show aired.