*The time has finally arrived.
“The Arsenio Hall Show” 2.0 will begin on Monday (Sept. 9) with a host that can’t wait to get his fist pumping before his first live studio audience in nearly two decades.
So what can we expect?
“It’s kind of the same Arsenio you know. Less hair, less shoulder pads,” he told us last month at the TCA Summer Press Tour. “But inserting myself into this culture of music, comedy, pop, and hop…I was looking at an interview the other night with Alan Thicke, and I knew his son then, but this time I’ll have Robin Thicke. You know, it’s me, kind of the same guy, being put into a whole generation of new talent and new opportunities for bookings.”
During his first go-round in the 90s, “The Arsenio Hall Show” was the lone urban alternative in a late night landscape that had just two mainstream pillars in the timeslot – Johnny Carson and David Letterman. Today, in addition to Letterman and now Jay Leno, cable and streaming services are awash with the likes of Chelsea Handler, Jimmy Kimmel, Larry King, Conan O’Brien and even Alec Baldwin coming to MSNBC on Fridays beginning in October.
Although there are more late night alternatives in 2013, Hall – like the first time – will still stand out as the lone African American host on the dial.
Below, he talks about the strategy he and co-executive producer Neal Kendall are discussing to attract viewers from all walks of life.
View promos of the show below. Click here to find out the show’s time and channel in your area.