An upset victory on Celebrity Apprentice might have gotten Arsenio Hall the prize he really wants: another talk show. Sources including The Hollywood Reporter are saying CBS Television Distribution, the same company that produced his ’90s late night talk show, wants back in the Hall business.
Hall was the first African-American late night talk show host to keep a program going. He sought a younger, hipper audience and wasn’t afraid to seek out the guests no one else wanted. When David Letterman became available to CBS after NBC chose Jay Leno for The Tonight Show, (for the first time) it was the end of The Arsenio Hall Show.
The late night graveyard is littered with shows that tried to recapture that same magic. Whoopi Goldberg, Keenan Ivory Wayans and even Magic Johnson (shudder) all tried talkers of their own. Most recently, BET gave Mo’ Nique a late night show. It isn’t clear yet whether Hall’s newest show would be a daytime or nighttime endeavor.