Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Is Arsenio Hall In Talks of Making Another Return to TV?

There is talk that Arsenio Hall may have a third return to television.  According to The Wrap His manager, John Ferriter, says a three-peat is possible.  "There's been an outpouring of support," Ferriter says. "We started getting calls over the weekend."  CBS Television Distribution announced it was pulling the plug on "The Arsenio Hall Show" Friday.  Ferriter said other outlets didn't waste any time reaching out and Hall's camp is already in "early talks" to reboot the series.

An individual close to the production told TheWrap that E!, OWN and BET were among the media companies courting Hall. But when contacted by TheWrap, two outlets denied that they've reached out to the comedian and his reps.  An E! representative told TheWrap "no," when asked if the network was interested in working with the comedian.  Another individual inside the company said bluntly that Hall is "too old" for E!'s demographic.  A representative for OWN also insisted that the network hadn't reached out to Hall's representatives and OWN has no interest in bringing him to their channel.  BET representatives didn't immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

Additionally, individuals at CTD close to the production insist that the company hasn't received any interest from other companies to continue "The Arsenio Hall Show" or to buy the rights to the format.  CTD produced "The Arsenio Hall Show" with Tribune Broadcasting and Octagon Entertainment, in which Ferriter is a managing director.

CBS said in a statement that the show, which premiered in September, failed to take off.  The show actually premiered with some promise earning a 1.9 in households and 1.0 in the advertiser-coveted Adults 18-49 demographic.  But, it couldn't hold on to that audience and over the season it whittled down to a 0.7 rating in households and a 0.3 in the 18-49 demo.

The show was on hiatus last week when CBS decided it wouldn't be coming back. Ferriter said his main concern was to let the staff know that their run was over.

Hall was naturally disappointed with the cancellation and referred to the timing on Twitter, saying it was an "emotional day" at his office.

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