April 20, 1994 |
Arsenio Hall was getting boxed in. After turning late-night TV on its head by bringing to it a new, young, pop-culture sensibility--and rocketing to the runner-up talk-show spot behind Johnny Carson--he suddenly fell victim to high-powered rivals challenging some of his trademarks, including his musical bookings and party atmosphere. NBC's new "Tonight Show," with Jay Leno replacing Carson, seemingly attempted to go the Arsenio route at first in its musical acts.
April 19, 1994 |
"The Arsenio Hall Show," once defined as the new model for late-night television, will end production May 27, a victim of declining ratings and an overcrowded talk-show field. The cancellation comes only weeks after the show's producer, Paramount Domestic Television Distribution, vowed that the show was not in trouble. In recent weeks, the show had been dogged by rumors that the lower ratings were making it increasingly difficult for producers to book guests.
March 10, 1994 |
The head of a prominent Los Angeles public-relations agency was talking this week with a colleague about the best talk shows on which to showcase one of their celebrity clients. The name of late-night host Arsenio Hall came up. The "buzz," they agreed, was not good. "The ratings on Arsenio are down this year," said the executive.
February 28, 1994 |
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has as much right to the public airwaves as anyone, and Arsenio Hall can book any guest he wants. If he wishes, Hall can hand over virtually his entire syndicated show to Farrakhan and grovel--as he did, in effect, Friday night. His show, his call. A number of groups slammed Hall for inviting Farrakhan, and publicly urged him to reconsider.
February 25, 1994 |
The scheduled appearance tonight of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on "The Arsenio Hall Show" has sparked protests from religious and gay organizations who fear Farrakhan will be given an uncontested forum to put forth his controversial views on whites, Jews and gays. The Simon Wiesenthal Center has urged KCOP-TV Channel 13 and other stations around the country not to broadcast the program.
January 22, 1993 |
In the frenetic world of the late-night talk-show host, many a tear has to fall. But it's Hall who's still in the game. Or so says Arsenio Hall, arguing that reports of his demise in the face of declining ratings, the upcoming Jay Leno-David Letterman battle and the potential loss of affiliates that carry his show have been greatly exaggerated.