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Arsenio Hall is Officially Returning to Late Night

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We hope the ‘Jersey Shore‘ hasn’t exhausted your fist-pumping arm because you’ll need it for this news: Arsenio Hall is officially returning to late night with a new talk show. Whoop whoop whoop?

According to THR, Hall – who regained some sort of prominence and relevance this year with his winning run on NBC’s ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ – has re-teamed with CBS to bring a new talk show to the air this year. ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ was Hall’s first effort, and ran from 1989 to 1994 on the network.

CBSTVD president John Nogawski released this statement:

We’re excited to welcome Arsenio back to the family and partnering on his new, late-night syndicated talk show. Arsenio had a substantial following with his previous late-night show, and that same 18-34 audience is now right in the middle of the late-night core audience of 35-54. Years ago, he transcended time periods and attracted a crossover audience while bringing a fresh perspective to late night. That same need in the market exists today as when we originally launched. We are looking forward to the same success with Arsenio’s seasoned expertise and appeal in this genre.

Which sounds a lot like, “All the people who used to watch his show are older now, and old people need things that are familiar to them to make them feel comfortable in this changing world.” We’re not sure how Hall might be able to snag a younger audience, unless there’s a whole generation of 18-20 year olds who just “discovered” ‘Coming to America.’

We’ll see next fall, when Arsenio Hall’s new show hits the air.

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