The Arsenio Hall Show Is Canceled, Three Months After Being Renewed

Arsenio Hall had better find a way to re-cork that champagne. Three months after his syndicated Arsenio Hall Show was renewed for Season 2, the program has now been canceled, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  

The late-night talk show was picked up for a second season in February—an announcement that was made on-air by Jay Leno in his first post-Tonight Show TV appearance. However, the cancellation comes after several station groups, including Tribune Co. and Sinclair Broadcast Group, had downgraded the series from its respective time slots due to declining ratings.

"Unfortunately, The Arsenio Hall Show will not return for a second season; while there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue," CBS Television Distribution said in a statement. "Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we'd like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. We'd also like to thank Tribune and all our station group partners for their support of the show."

This was Hall's second go-round on the late-night circuit after hosting a show of the same name from 1989 until 1994. "When I started this adventure with CTD and Tribune, we all knew it would be a challenge—I'm gratified for the year we've had and proud of the show we created," Hall said in a statement. "I'd like to thank everyone on my staff for rallying around me and striving to make the best show possible every night."


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I believe that the networks weren't ready for a night talk show host that was so much more than what the public American viewers were used to . he is real and he is us the people. he wasn't fake or put u[p a façade that the others did or do and I doubt it if th ratings weren't there. I think he was just too risky and they got scared because it only comes down to the pure simple fact "MONEY" and they didn't want to chance it so they cut their losses and totally screwed him over. so sad actually. he was and is a great talk show host, CBS you screwed up bad with this call.
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This is not a joke saw you on the view this morning did you really get fired? I that that was a joke do letterman or whom ever is retiring on regular network7 5 2
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either I didn't pay attention or possibly just didn't care but I didnt even know Arsenio was still around and back on tv oh well bye bye Arsenio
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RUDE VERY RUDE!!
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It's official 2014 is the year the late night talk shows played musical chairs. It these host changes and cancellations don't make it on the TV.com top 100 TV moments of 2014 then something is amiss.
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Haven't been too fond of him ever since he broke that Martial Law show with Sammo Hung...and then proceeded to trash it as soon as it was cancelled. Sure, I was about 10, but I thought it was all kinda shitty even back then.

Without holding a grudge, I thought he still sucked here, only being attentive with certain guests and being wholly ignorant with others. Should've done better homework or hired better interns. As boring as most of these guys seem to be, not everyone can do this.
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I also meant to jab at the "Renewed...unless it's not" thing. That's B.S. What, now I gotta worry about Hannibal and Bitten?

K, I'm done.
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I would assume it's much harder to un-renew scripted shows, since the networks have to order scripts from writers, renew a lot of actor contracts, have an idea of where it fits into the weekly schedule, etc. It's also basically impossible to cancel a renewal when the show's off air, since you're basically getting no new data since you've made your renewal decision. Talk shows are probably the only thing that's fair game for this sort of thing.
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'Probably' is part of the problem, but the feasibility isn't as big as the principle. I guess I could've used a show like Nurse Jackie as an example, where they were renewed for season 7 before season 6 aired. If season 6 had sucked (which...it's not bad. We know what we're getting by now), by this standard, Showtime could just say "Renewed, but now it's not," and the show could be canned after season 6 for making decisions based on the belief that they had another guaranteed season to tie everything together.

Anyway, even with a talk show, there are still a ton of employees who make decisions based on their future prospects. "Show's renewed, let's get that car, that house, or that third kid," etc. Even *if* the companies have their little 'Renewed unless it's not' caveats in their contracts now, everyone should know, including us and the staff that write these articles. "Renewed pro tem, reassessed in 3 months," something like that.
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Late night talk shows are as obsolete as variety shows. There's so much to watch late at night that a talk show just doesn't hold much the same appeal. When Carson had The Tonight Show there just wasn't any other talk shows on, let alone anything aside from a late night movie. Leno and Letterman held an audience that remembered what late night use to be like, but when Letterman leaves it will be the end of an era.
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I tried to watch it but for me he either had guests on that I didn't know or that on one episode, the musical guest was on for like 45 minutes and the others two guests got 5 minutes each. I'd rather see him do movies, too.
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I am a big fan of Arsenio Hall but I'd rather see him come back to movies than do this talk show. There are enough shows about celebrities and I skip those shows too.
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He was on the wrong network and most of the time at least for me, I forgot he was on. He should try daytime.
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Will you miss The Arsenio Hall Show?

No, but I'll miss the idea of The Arsenio Hall Show.

The late night field is now as white and male as Tom Cruise's talentless ass.

Hope he had built into his renewal contract a clause for him to get five million dollars if they prematurely cancelled him.
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The late night field is now as white and male

That only bothers you because you are a racist and misandrist.
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Come again?
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Saw two episodes. The man's not as "hip" as he used to be (Most of the people who watched his first show were teenagers, now they're all in their 40s with kids who never heard of him.) He doesn't even do the "woo woo woo" fist pump he used to do back in the late 80s/early 90s. In my opinion he really hasn't done anything of note since "Martial Law" back in the late 90s and NBC was really stretching in reviving his show. (I miss Martial Law, though Kelly Hu kicking ass on a weekly basis was the sole reason why I loved it so much, not because of Arsenio and the bromance he had with his partner, Sammo, the main character of the show.)
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I could swear I saw him doing the dogpound thing on the episode I couldn't sit through. But you're right otherwise, he's not hip anymore and that was a big problem, he was stuck in another time.
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Miss the Arsenio Hall late-night show? I still miss the CHEVY CHASE late-night show!
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I miss Pat Sajak's late night show! Though it did get awkward sometimes when during his monologues he would go off on a rant against global warming alarmists.
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I miss Dick Cavet and Tom Snyder's late night shows.
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That sucked. I used to watch his old show as a teen(ager). New one was OK, but I got old.
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when it aired. in my area it was on at a awful time and such
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What time? Mine is at 11:00 PM PT.
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anywhere from 10pm to 12 am
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Wow, that varies too much!
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Damn... that's messed up. So much for being a real Legend.
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i watched the one of them when micheal weatherly was on plugging ncis..

micheal was great, but arsenio just seemed to make poor jokes show little to no interest in his responces and just move it along to the next question, and the opening 'joke' was pretty lame..

i did see him on apprentice i liked him in that, and on that tv show he did with that karate/kung fu guy sammo hung..
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It's been an ongoing habit of his - Probably even on his old show. it seems as though he takes interest in those guests he knows, or knows about, but if he is unfamiliar with someone or their work, he basically does as you described. He had Bill Cosby recently and Arsenio seemed odd with him too even when Cosby spoke of his late son and how a friend came from practically around the world to get to his funeral at the last minute, Arsenio seemed to have a reaction of being polite, but not a story he really wanted to hear at the time.

That said, he did bring people on you would not normally see on most, if not all the other shows. Unfortunately, he would blow it with them such as a Jerrika Hinton from Grey's Anatomy segment where he focused needlessly on her liking of Scotch and even had some for her while saying he preferred wine. He also seemed to waste Sleepy Hollow's Nicole Beharie short interview.
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I hate to bring up the so called elephant in the room but it has to be mentioned about the "race issue." While late night no doubt is incredibly white washed, Arsenio's mistake from the original show was pretty much that it could have been on BET and he made the same mistake. I don't know the balance or how it's to be done but it's the sad facts or reality I guess that just played out.
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I watched his original show when I was a teen. I never felt like I was watching the late show for black people. I felt like I was watching the late show for young people.
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Arsenio did draw a lot of the black audience. When he left most of his audience went to Leno. But he didn't seem able to draw enough of the audience back. The reason his show didn't work the second time is more likely due to age. He's getting too old for a talk show. Like Letterman, he's not as cutting edge as he use to be.
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Same here, though probably a little older than you. This time around, he did have guests that were more, shall we say, in the minority, which I think was a good thing to have guests you might not normally see on other shows for any fans, but I guess the overall or target audience did not care all that much. I was one, as he had few people I was interested in or knew about, but also see my response above.
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I never noticed, probably because he had way more people on that I cared about than the other shows that were bringing on guests relevant to baby boomers that I either didnt even recognize or rolled my eyes at.
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i never watched it, the promos were so bad they made me cringe...
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I guess he couldn't recapture that magic he had in the 90's with his show.Late Night Talk Shows is a tough business.
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I guess nothing is sure in the world of television. Lesson learned.
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PSYCH! Seriously, what kind of network says one thing like that and then cancels. Oh yeah, Fox...
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