Arsenio Hall got two surprises the last night. First, old pal Jay Leno showed up while Hall was delivering his opening monologue. Secondly, Leno was there to deliver some great news for Hall: The Arsenio Hall Show was renewed for a second season.
With his 11:30s free now that Jimmy Fallon has taken on the Late Night hosting duties, Leno congratulated the Tonight Show rival on his renewal. With this news, it should be harder for the media to forget that Arsenio is part of the late-night landscape.
Hall came back strong to late night with his new show, which debuted September 9, 2013. Viewers eager to see Hall who had absent from TV for 19 years, tuned in with the show averaging 6.7 million unique viewers weekly. And the show pulls a median age of 50.1, the youngest among late-night talk shows. (Fallon is meant to bring in a younger late-night audience.)
The show, which is produced by CBS Television Distribution, in association with Arsenio Hall Communications Ltd. and Octagon Entertainment Productions, has had a wide array of guests — from LL Cool J, Eddie Murphy, Sean “Diddy” Combs to Dr. Phil, Tyler Perry, Mike Tyson, Bill Maher, and Margaret Cho. Musical guests have included: Snoop Dogg, Nas, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monae.
“Since 9/9/13, I’ve been waking up without an alarm clock,” said Hall in a press statement. “Producing and hosting my late-night talk show brings me great joy. I’m back where I belong! Thanks to my partners at CBS Television Distribution and Tribune.”
Hall, whose first late-night show ran from 1989 to 1994, is executive producer of the show.
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