News Briefs: Wuff! Wuff! Arsenio Hall Is Returning to Late-Night TV

By Tim Surette

Jun 19, 2012

THE OLD IS NEW AGAIN NEWS

... The last time Arsenio Hall was relevant, kid rappers were wearing their clothes backwards! Well get ready to spin your skinny jeans around because Hall is kinda sorta back in the spotlight again. If all goes right, Hall will host a new late-night talk show on the syndication circuit beginning in the fall of 2013 through CBS TV Distribution. Arseniooooooo won the most recent edition of Celebrity Apprentice, but had been mostly quiet since he hosted The Arsenio Hall Show in the early 1990s. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... British celebrity insulter Ricky Gervais took to his blog to say that he's about to have a lot more free time. The busy Gervais said he's probably not going to do a fourth season of HBO's The Ricky Gervais Show and won't make any more episodes of HBO's Life's Too Short and Science Channel's An Idiot Abroad. Instead, he'll use his time to do some standup comedy, a new project involving filmed audiobooks (we call them shows, Ricky), and continue his U.K. show Derek. Lazy! [Rickygervais.com]

... Glenn Beck is thinking about making a show that's described as the anti-Glee, by keeping the high-school setting and singing and dancing, but throwing in some conservative messages instead of Glee's pro-gay and other basic human rights issues. Beck says he's already working with a rapper on the new show, who I'm guessing is MC Gentrification. [NY Daily News]

... Falling Skies returned for Season 2 with expectations high as it proved to be a big hit for TNT last year. Buuuuuut that was then, this is now. The Season 2 premiere drew 4.5 million viewers, which is good, but still down 24 percent from last year's series premiere (a cable-TV best 5.91 million in 2011). [EW]


CASTING NEWS

... Cheyenne Jackson is the latest actor to join NBC's Mockingbird Lane, the reimaginationeering of the classic sitcom The Munsters from Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies). Jackson, who appeared in Glee's second season as the coach of Nude Erections New Directions' rival Vocal Adrenaline and on 30 Rock as Danny Baker, will play a scout leader who gets the hots for Lily Munster (the recently cast Portia de Rossi). [Deadline Hollywood]

... Regis Philbin will reunite with Kathie Lee Gifford and fill in for a vacationing Hoda Kotb on the Today show this Wednesday. It will be the first time the duo hosted together since 2000 when Gifford left the Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee show. Hope you've been working on your alcohol tolerance Regis, because Kathie Lee drinks like a fish that's a sophomore in college. [EW]

... All five sons of presidential candidate Mitt Romney will join Conan O'Brien on his talk show Conan this Wednesday night. "We're going to need a bigger couch," said one production assistant with an affinity for late-'70s shark attack movies. [NY Times]


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  • drudager Jun 20, 2012

    Arse-o Hall? No thanks.

  • JT_Kirk Jun 20, 2012

    Arsenio should go back to being a sidekick to Eddie Murphy, those were the days. Talk shows are so over-populated these days.



    Glenn Beck is doing what now? "Keeping the high-school setting and singing and dancing" is automatically a bit of a pro-gay message. I'm sure his little plan will totally grow legs and do something, and not at all turn out to be a ploy for more attention the way every single thing he's done in the past five years has been.



    And Mockingbird Lane continues to sound awful yet again. What the hell? Every step towards not being lame is met with one that is.

  • vicbjones Jun 20, 2012

    For some reason, the item about Mitt Romney's sons appearing on Conan made me think about the scene in Bob Roberts where Roberts is scheduled to appear on a Saturday Night Live-like show and one of the show's staff quits in disgust. Jay Leno gets the candidate, and Conan O'Brien only snags the candidate's brood.

  • qbe_64 Jun 19, 2012

    I think it's distinctly more of a woot! woot! sound.

  • JT_Kirk Jun 20, 2012

    It was the "Dog Pound", definitely "woof woof woof".

  • DavidJackson8 Jun 19, 2012

    Arseniooooooooooooooo Hall! Wuff! Wuff! Wuff!

  • Writerpatrick Jun 19, 2012

    Arsenio through CBS distribution? That suggests that CBS might just be considering him as Letterman's replacement. He could definitely draw some of the Leno audience, although it's hard to say how much of Letterman's audience he would hold. And even if Arsenio didn't get the ratings the last time around, he's still know about and could just get a decent following, especially if he doesn't have to compete.

  • Acrobit Jun 19, 2012

    Arsenio, eh? I saw him Coming to America, and he was pretty good. I immediately lose respect for any of these guys who pop up on Celebrity Apprentice, but if he's good, I'll tune in.