The dog pound has once again been silenced. Early Friday evening, it was announced that CBS Television Distribution had cancelled the reboot of The Arsenio Hall Show. Cancellations of talk shows are not shocking, but the surprise comes in the fact that the show was actually renewed for a second season back in February. However, ratings have steadily declined since the announcement. Hall released a statement expressing his gratitude for the second chance of coming into the homes of viewers across America.
“I’d like to thank everyone on my staff for rallying around me,” Hall said, “and striving to make the best show possible every night.”
In a statement of their own, CBS revealed that while they did indeed proclaim that The Arsenio Hall Show would return for a second season, viewership continued to get lower, causing them to effectively pull the plug and renege on their original decision.
“Unfortunately, The Arsenio Hall Show will not return for a second season,” the statement read, adding that there was a loyal fan base for the new version. “Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we’d like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show.”
The first version of The Arsenio Hall Show began airing on January 3, 1989. It was distributed by Paramount Television and was considered one of the most popular late night shows ever. Hall, now 58, was known as a stand-up comic and comedic actor beforehand. It maintained a high level of popularity with viewers and in some instances, helped to change America. Some of Hall’s most famous guests included Madonna, Elton John and then-potential president Bill Clinton. The final taping occurred on May 27, 1994.
The new version of the show began its run on September 9, 2013. Following an appearance on the fifth season of Celebrity Apprentice back in 2012, there had been talk that Hall was hoping to bring back his famous talk show. Thanks in part to his win on Celebrity Apprentice, he became a hot commodity and the show was eventually picked up for the 2013-2014 season.
The first week of the reboot was a ratings success. The week after, viewership fell around 40 percent. In an effort to boost up ratings, Hall invited some very interesting guests to his couch, such as the singer Prince. The singer is known to be quite elusive with the media and rarely does television interviews. That particular episode, which aired in March of this year, saw an almost 60 percent ratings surge. However, it did not hold past the airing and the revival of the talk show has now ceased production.
On Thursday, comedienne Chelsea Handler announced that she would officially step down from her show, Chelsea Lately, in August. With the end of that show and The Arsenio Hall Show cancelled, the losses of chat fests are strong, but the additions are greater. On Friday, it was revealed that former model Tyra Banks would be returning to daytime television. Just like Hall before her, her first show, Tyra, was cancelled after five seasons. The last episode aired in 2010. Disney and ABC Productions are distributing the second Banks series.
By Jonathan Brown