Following a successful run on The Celebrity Apprentice, it's not entirely surprising news to learn that Arsenio Hall is making a comeback to the late night talk show scene. Prior to winning Donald Trump's favor on the NBC reality competition series, Hall was best known for hosting The Arsenio Hall Show back in the late-80s/early-90s. Well, that and playing Eddie Murphy's right-hand man Semmi in Coming To America.
When it came to the Final 2 in this season's Celebrity Apprentice, I was Team Clay based on over-all performance in the competition, and I'm still not sure I understand why Donald Trump ended up picking Hall to win. That aside, I consider it good news that, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the comedian has secured himself a deal to partner with CBS Television Distribution for a syndicated late-night talk show. The aim is to get the show on the air for Fall 2013, where it will air weeknights.
With the exception of an outburst earlier on in the season, Hall came out of Celebrity Apprentice looking pretty good. Even if he had taken second place, he would have had a good shot at a talk show comeback. Hall is set to executive produce the series, and I'd assume he'll also be hosting it, though that's not directly specified in the Reporter's article, so we may need to hold off on the fist-pumping just yet. From what THR is reporting, the talk show has already sold in 17 of the top 20 markets, covering more than half the country, so there's a good chance you'll be able to find it among your local listings next year. For New Yor, that's WPIX, for Chicago, WGN, and for Los Angeles, KTLA.
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