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After Initially Renewing It For A Second Season, CBS TV Has Now Canceled ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’

After Initially Renewing It For A Second Season, CBS TV Has Now Canceled 'The Arsenio Hall Show'

Has this ever happened in the history of television? I’m sure it has, but it’s still a head-scratcher to me. 

In February, after some speculation that it may not survive, The Arsenio Hall Show was renewed by CBS Television for a second season.

Tribune Broadcasting, a partner in production of the syndicated, late-night talk show, said at the time that it would continue to be the anchor station group, airing the show on 17 stations, including in the three largest markets on WPIX, New York, at 11 p.m.; KTLA, Los Angeles, at 11 p.m.; and WGN, Chicago, at 10 p.m.

Since 9/9/13, I’ve been waking up without an alarm clock,” said Arsenio Hall at the time. “Producing and hosting my late-night talk show brings me great joy. I’m back where I belong! Thanks to my partners at CBS Television Distribution and Tribune.”

Arsenio is an incredibly talented host who has connected with his viewers; we look forward to watching the show grow and develop in year two,” said Sean Compton, President Strategic Programming and Acquisitions, Tribune Company.

That was all in February. So what happened to all that love and appreciation over the 3 months since then?

CBS Television Distribution has now announced that The Arsenio Hall Show will actually not return for a second season. 

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,” said CBS Television Distribution in a press statement today, adding that, “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.” 

Arsenio chimed in with: “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. I’d like to thank everyone on my staff for rallying around me and striving to make the best show possible every night.

That’s unfortunate. Even though I didn’t watch with any regularity, I did notice an improvement in the show as it progressed during its first (and now only) season, based on the episodes that I did tune in for, from the start of the season, to it’s most recent airing. The late-night space is a competitive one, and as the majors (NBC, CBS, ABC notably) recruit younger, fresher blood to anchor their late-night lineups, Arsenio, whose heyday really was in the 1990s, faced a steep uphill climb.

Now what will he do next? I’m sure he’s not done with showbiz… 

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I think it's a few things to point at but…
With his talent I would start a whole different thing.
Day time talk show. A movie. Get with the kings of comedy brothers and start something totally new thing. Comedy. Important topics. Something new!! Without CBS.

Abraham Fennell

Arsenio had blacks on there since the other talk shows wouldn't put them on there unless they're mainstream. Too black? However, he did have the likes of Ken Jeong, Allison Janney, Carl Reiner, Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Penn and Teller, George Lopez, and tons other. He had them on there besides LL, Don Cheadle, TD Jakes, Tarajii, and countless others. See if most of our stars get on the other shows. Good luck with that. Be careful what you ask for. Arsenio was diverse and not too black. He was our voice. He will be back. The rest aren't funny at all. He is and always will be late night. The CBS syndication execs who renew and then cancelled him will be looking for work next year. Thanks for the ride Arsenio! You're a legend! No one leaves after two decades and still be relevant. Hope to see you in 23 hours again one day!


Arsenio got cancelled, not for low rating but he was starting to get too black. When I saw him start having Malcom X daughter on his show, the black poet that kick real stuff up there. I knew they were going to get him off the air. If you look more into Arsenio Hall Show, you could see he started changing his show and started seperating himself from the other late night shows again, like when he did the interview with the Harris brother, Steve and Wood. I new they were brother but I never seen nobody interview them together. He was starting to shine a light on black actors,actresses, and black music artist that don't usually get no shine on late night. Don't buy into this crap times past him by, The powers that be new the deal, you think it's an accident brian williams left Arsenio out of that piece he did about late night shows, open your eyes and don't get bamboozled, this was not about ratings, when have you ever heard of somebody getting renewed and then getting cancelled out of nowhere.


I now have no late night show to watch….The others are corny and the other shows did not get started until after their first half hour after ARSENIO was off. Cancelation will not make me watch the others. Awaiting ARSENIO'S next show.


It was not a good show. Many corny things in the mix. Sorry for all the disappointment and all. But if you really take a critical look, he did not deliver. Times change…he did not.


A significant part of this story remains untold. Something's up, I don't know what so don't ask me but I just get the feeling that something is up here and no one's liable to talk about it for awhile.


This is some B.S……….

Lavon Godfrey

Awwww we love you mayne!

jacqueline unger

I enjoy watching his show late night and I will miss the show good luck to you.

Erik W.

Curious if BET, TVOne, Centric or Bounce will pick his show up…


Arsenio Hall took too long to come back! Late night talk shows changed a lot since the internet came into play. He should have been back since 2000 and he would have stand a better chance of surviving the late night wars!


Damn that sux. I liked his show bc he had so many black talent on there

Monique A Williams

Sad because the young late night hosts all have the same schtick, and I don't enjoy their humor. I'm just not impressed. Arsenio speaks to those of us who enjoy corny old Black people who still think they're cool. Sorry to see him go.


Before anyone starts screaming foul, TheWrap is reporting the following:

"The series had recently been renewed for a second season by CBS Television Distribution, but following the renewal the show was downgraded to different timeslots in some markets, making it not financially viable to continue the show."

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